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Seating Plan & Practical Advice when attending the Macerata Sferisterio Festival

The Macerata Opera Festival takes place from mid July to the end of the first week of August every year. As this is an open-air venue, it is restricted to summer only performances. The schedule release date varies from mid August to October time.

All of the performances at the Macerata Festival are full operas and start at 9 pm. You are expected to be in your seats at least 30 minutes prior to the opera starting. Please note photos and videos are not permitted during the performance.

The Arena Sferisterio has six category levels. The best seats are the Platinum seats (light blue on the schematic below), followed by the Gold (brown), and then the others are named as per their colours on the schematic, so Green, dark blue, red and finally yellow.

The best seating at the Macerata Opera Festival is the Platinum seating which are located just behind the orchestra pit and right in the centre. The Gold seats are the next two blocks directly behind these, which means you keep the same restricted view as the Platinum, but just further back. However, the Gold also make up the boxes leading right to the back of the Arena Sferisterio, in a straight line.

The Green seats are to the side of the Gold and Platinum. The dark blue seats are raised on the boxes and just to the sides of the centre. The red seating varies between some being right to the side of the stalls on the ground and the rest being in the box to the side of the dark blue seats. Finally, the yellow seats are made up between the extreme sides of the stalls and the sides of the boxes.

The locals have also been known to go with the additional category of the balcony which is affectively the very top of the Arena Sferisterio. This is standing room only looking directly down at the stage (and around three flights of stairs in height). For this reason the locals bring their own fold down chairs to enjoy the performance. Please note the balcony cannot be pre-booked.

All of the ground seats along with the first row of the boxes offer unrestricted viewing, however, the rows behind in the boxes will have some reduced visibility.  For those with reduced mobility, the seating on the ground is the easiest to reach.

We guarantee that all of your travel companions will be seated together.

The dress code for the opera is smart/casual and denim is not allowed. As the temperature is likely to be humid and might well be in the 20c even late into the evening, we do not recommend suits and ties. As this is an outdoor venue, a summer coat with a hood would be advisable.

In case of rain on your Macerata Sferisterio Opera evening, the organisers will never cancel the performance in advance. All efforts will be taken to begin the opera as planned; however, the Arena Sferisterio Association may resort to delaying the opera up to 2hrs in the hope of better weather.

If however, the rain forces the performance to be cancelled even after this 2 hours wait, then a full refund of the tickets will be provided by the ticket office from the day after the cancelled opera.

If the opera begins but is unable to finish due to the weather, then there is no refund due from the Arena Sferisterio, however, we will fully refund these tickets for you. Please note it is very unlikely that your performance will be cancelled.

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