Three iconic places to see an opera in Italy

By Giovanna Dell’Orto [The Associated Press, 23 June 2010]
MILAN, Italy — Opera is as fundamental to Italy’s soul as the Colosseum, Michelangelo or pasta. To attend an opera performance here in the summer is a quintessential Italian experience — especially if you’re willing to brave the often-byzantine process for getting last-minute but astonishingly cheap tickets.