Altos de Chavon Amphitheater

Frank Sinatra famously inaugurated this classically styled stadium and the Roman-themed arena has been attracting big names and tourists ever since.

The Altos de Chavón Amphitheater sits below the town of the same name, yet looks like it belongs more in Rome or Athens than the Dominican Republic. Situated in an area of outstanding beauty and hosting some of the biggest names in world music, this open-air arena is a concert venue like no other. Book tickets for a show in this truly unique venue.

The amphitheater may look like it was built by an ancient civilization but, like the whole village, it was constructed in the '70s in the style of Mediterranean architecture. Created by a Hollywood set designer, the village was designed as a pastiche of a 16th-century Mediterranean village. It is a work of remarkable craftsmanship, with Dominican artisans responsible for handcrafting everything you see. The amphitheater, in Greek style, is a focal point of this location.

As well as Sinatra, a number of acts have performed at the 5,000 seat amphitheater, ranging from Sting to Placido Domingo, and it remains a popular destination today. Take a chance with whatever is playing when you visit or check ahead online to see upcoming gigs.

Witness true Dominican culture at Kandela, a theater review show that runs every week throughout the winter and into spring. Fifty dancers and two singers hypnotize the audience with Afro Caribbean rhythm. The location creates a unique atmosphere for the vibrant production.

Before your performance, stroll around the village. The archaeological museum displays pre-Columbian artifacts for an insight into the colorful history of the country. Take a moment to reflect at St. Stanislaus Church or perhaps witness a wedding in the picturesque chapel. Shop for souvenirs in boutiques, where artisans and craftsmen ply their wares.

The village of Altos de Chavón is just over 3 miles (5 kilometers) from La Romana International Airport. Group tours of the area are organized from places such as Punta Cana and La Romana, and there is a fee to enter. The Casa de Campo resort website has information about what's coming up at the amphitheater, so you can check what is playing in advance.