Fondazione Arena honoured with the ‘Best cultural experience 2023 in Italy’ award by British LUXlife Magazine

From exclusive dinners on the terrace to lounge areas and a groundbreaking accessibility project. Fondazione Arena di Verona has won the Best Exclusive Cultural Experience 2023 Italy award.

This prestigious accolade was presented by the renowned British magazine LUXlife Magazine, which annually compiles a ranking of the finest experiences in the realms of global hospitality, culture, and tourism.

The winning project, Arena Opera Festival Experience, offered a unique and immersive journey through the 2023 Festival, tailored for corporate audiences. It featured exclusive elements such as The Star Roof, The Stone Lounge, the Backstage VIP Pass, and Meetings & Events in the Gran Guardia. Additionally, the innovative Arena for All accessibility programme, developed in collaboration with Müller, provided digital programmes, multi-sensory pathways, and 1,500 extra tickets for individuals with motor disabilities. 

This esteemed award and the accompanying crystal trophy establish the Arena Opera Festival as the leading Italian cultural experience of 2023. The certificate can be viewed via this link:, confirming the remarkable success achieved during the 100th edition of the Festival. Furthermore, the Festival’s appeal has extended worldwide, thanks in no small part to the introduction of new and innovative hospitality experiences. 

Cecilia Gasdia, General Manager of the Fondazione Arena di Verona, stated, “We've devoted intensive and tireless efforts to create a summer filled with art, music, and beauty that can leave a lasting impression across the globe. This recognition is both important and highly appreciated. The Arena and opera have garnered unprecedented international visibility, amplified by special corporate experiences and pioneering accessibility projects, offering an exclusive yet respectful approach to opera and the Roman amphitheatre”.

The British publication, LUXlife Magazine, has been hosting the Lux Life Hospitality Awards for several years. Establishments are nominated through online voting over several weeks, and the most popular nominees are shortlisted for evaluation by a specialised commission, responsible for selecting the winners in each category. And in 2023, the gold medal was awarded to the Fondazione Arena.




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