The Roman theatre in Verona was built in the 1st century BC, but through the ages fell into disuse and was eventually built upon to provide housing. In the 18th century, however, Andrea Monga, a wealthy Veronese, bought all the houses that over time had been built over the theatre, demolished them, and saved the monument.
Verona itself is an ancient town, episcopal see and province in the Veneto, Northern Italy. The ancient town, and the centre of the modern city, are in a loop of the Adige River near Lake Garda. Verona, or Veronia, was a city of the Euganei, who were obliged to cede it to the Cenomani (550 b.C.). With the conquest of the Valley of the Po the Veronese territory became Roman (about 300 B.C.). Verona became a Roman colonia in 89 b.C., and then a municipium in 49 b.C.; Verona had the franchise in 59.
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