The Verona arena traditionally begins each performance by having the spectators light a candle, and the candles are furnished free of charge. However, because fewer people smoke these days, we were not able to light our candles! No one around us had a light.
I imagine if you are a serious opera buff, Verona might be a bit trying, because although the audience is asked not to take photos during the performance, flashes are going off practically every moment. Kevin refrained, but finally, he had to take a least one photo (above). The shot he took wasn't even of the most dazzling stagecraft, but he felt he had violated the rules enough for one night. Ah well, what would you expect of the people in the cheap seats?
Aida is not our favorite opera for its music, but we felt the experience in Verona was well worth our 40 euros (20 euros per seat, or not quite $23). Even without the elephants, it was a night to remember.