Hollowed out of the rocky southern face of the Acropolis hill, this 4,500-seat Roman arena is one of the world’s oldest and finest open-air theatres. Completed in 161 AD, it has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Sting and Maria Callas.
At the end of the tactile paving, we turn 90 degrees to the right, so that we can now vertically cross the Areopagitou pedestrian street we are walking on and reach its right side. We get onto the right pavement of the pedestrian street and we locate the interior side, leaving it on our right hand side. We now have the pedestrian area on our left.
Attention: At this point we suggest walking in slow paces, taking great caution with the high obstacles (tree branches etc.).
On our right, we have the Roman Cistern. Following the interior side we will locate the stairs for the entrance of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
We turn right and climb the stairs from the middle, since there are many plants and trees that poke out from the right and the left side of the stairs, at the height of the face. These steps are asymmetrical, with slippery marble due to years of use. Various landings intervene in between.
The stairs lead us to the right entrance of the theatre, destined for the bottom tier. From the entrance of the Odeon and leading towards the interior there’s a wooden floor. Right before and after the steps, we step onto a very big plateau with the ticket offices on our left.