Rosemary, your Secret Santa sent you the following gift.

Happy Christmas Rosemary from Secret Santa! I thought the icing on the cake of your recovery might be a few warm Italian nights at the Opera in beautiful Verona as part of a small guided group. Take a cushion, as I gather that the stone seats in the amphitheatre are quite hard! It's five star accommodation, with meals and wine. You can choose July or August, or maybe see if there is one in May when Graeme Vick is doing Anna Bolena there. You just need to get to Gatwick! Opera - Lyric spectacle in the Veneto

Includes tickets to three operas, performed on consecutive evenings, in the setting of a Roman amphitheatre, the most famous of open-air opera festivals.

Accommodation is a 5-star hotel in the historic centre, with an optional minibus to the operas.

Both tours are accompanied by art historians who lead walks and visits during the day, rather than by a musicologist.