The fact that we awoke to a torrential downpour made it easier to leave Venice. There's also not much to do in Venice, so that helped too. We took the boat back to the car park, collected our trusty Smart Car, and drove over to Verona.
The sole purpose of our visit to Verona was to see an opera in the famed Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater dating back to the first century. Not only has this amphitheater more or less stood the test of time (apparently it used to be twice as tall as it is today), but it is known for having outstanding acoustics. We very much wanted to see Carmen, but the timing of the performance didn't work with our schedule. Instead, we saw Aida, which our Italian friends assured us was the right choice. They said it is the favorite show of most Italians. While Carmen is high energy and would have been fun since we'd recognize many of the songs, Aida was appropriately grand and dramatic for the setting.
It. Was. Incredible. We loved every minute of the four hour long performance. To be able to enjoy such a grand spectacle in such a special place where people have been gathering for centuries was something we'll never forget. We both agreed this would always be remembered as one of the best experiences of our lifetime. Put it on your list!