Just back from a brief visit to Verona, where Shakespeare based his Romeo and Juliet. Didn't get to see Juliet's house, alas - had to make do with the Arena, which was impressive enough. Would love to see an opera there. Reminded me of my Rebecca Ambrose novel, Queen of the Night, where a couple of trainee opera singers go to a course in Italy and come under the spell of a somewhat wicked Diva. I had real fun writing that.