It was another full-on day- some achievement as here too we had temperatures in the high 30s. We walked to Castelvecchio.
This contained many art works by Mantegna, Veronese and Tintoretto but sadly no air conditioning. So we sweated and sweltered.
After this we took a minibus to Grezzana just outside Verona for lunch in a magnificent villa now owned by the Arvedi family. The frescoes in the main salon were something to behold.
The lecturer, when he has downed a few, tends to open up on personal matters. He spoke of his divorce which prompted the lady opposite to hold forth on her husband leaving her after 43 years for a woman half his age.
Rather hypocritically I cooed my sympathy
By general consent this was the best opera so far.
The sets were magnificent and the singing – especially Simone Pizzala as Germant – attracted generous acclaim and applause.
I could not disagree but another finish after midnight, the extreme heat, a noisy audience and poor facilities made me yearn now for a more traditional opera house.