Our time in Italy is bringing us through a few spots I’ve never been before, places that are not on the regular circuit. In the previous post, you can see a small part of the Villa Manin in where we played. It’s just a little country house built in the 16th Century that now houses a museum of contemporary art and holds a concert from time to time. We came in the back gate just like we should have. The buildings we housed our offices and dressing rooms had rough stone walls and had been upgraded with modern lighting and wooden floors. Once you figured out which button to push to flush the toilet, you were all set.

Here’s a morning shot outside of the Loggia di San Giovanni and the Torre dell[base ‘]Orologio in the Piazza della Libertà in the center of Udine…

We moved on to Verona, an ancient city which was home to Romeo and Juilet and our venue of the day, the Arena di Verona. It was built in 30AD… it’s almost as old as CBGB’s. I’ve been to a couple of these ampitheatres and it is widely thought that this one is in the best shape; I’d have to agree.

“Good Morning… where’s the venue? Oh…”

“How do you get in? Oh…”

They stage both popular music and opera here… not to say that opera isn’t popular but that’s what they call it. It was great to watch a team working on a section of it, cleaning and restoring the stone; slow, meticulous work which has to include some love.

The weather behaved, the crowd was full of passion and the band played some new tunes which matched the building… I clicked a few more pics whic I stuck on my Flickr site here…

…but I had to put the dead horse up…

… and at least one art shot…