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Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
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Description: The Olympic Theatre by Andrea Palladio was commissioned in February 1580...
The Olympic Theatre by Andrea Palladio was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica. Palladio did not see its completion by the sudden death on August 19th of that year. The Olympic was completed five years later by his son Silla and was inaugurated on March 3rd 1585 with the memorable staging of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. The scene with the streets of Thebes is by Vincenzo Scamozzi.
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A must see while in Vicenza, if you can take in a performance you should, but if not, a tour is a great way to spend time and both the interior and exterior are works of art

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A must see while in Vicenza, if you can take in a performance you should, but if not, a tour is a great way to spend time and both the interior and exterior are works of art

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A superb young orchestra with German conductor made a exceptionally wonderful evening in a Heritage UNESCO site within a break taking venue!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We bought the combined Vicenza museum card which included entry to the Teatro Olimpico. Be careful about Monday as all the museums are closed then. As it was Palladio that had brought us to Vicenza the theatre was a must see. We certainly found it an amazing building and enjoyed the opportunity to walk around and admire it. We also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I thought this was overpriced for what it is, perhaps because of having seen Greek theatres in other places, but I can imagine that if I had been there for a concert or a play I would have reacted very differently. The use of trompe l'oeil techniques are interesting and given the fire risk it is amazing that it is... More 

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Berrima, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is one of the highlights of a tour of Palladio's buildings, which is why we came to Vicenza. As you see from the pix, you are surrounded by Roman style statuary and the stage is decorated the same way. If you are going to a performance, don't bother with the tour: you see no more than you'll see sitting... More 

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is my favourite of all Palladio's buildings: a truly extraordinary building. I have been to it 4 times and every time I return, I discover something new ! This is the very first indoor theatre opened in 1584 with Sophocles' King Oedipus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a magic building but you must read up on it before you go because, on the day we were there, the attendants showed total disinterest in the fact that you were interested! Locals should be proudly showing you a place like this - not making it hard for an interested tourist.

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

You cannot leave Vicenza (for sure) or even Veneto region without visiting it. Best thing is to attend a quality concert or a classic drama play: this is what it was designed for and centuries after it was built it is hardly matched by any other theatre in the world ... At least according to my humble knowledge!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

If you have ever been to a ruined Roman Theatre and wondered what it might have looked like when it was originally built then here it is. This is Palladino's stunning recreation and well worth seeing.

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Forest Grove, Or
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We walked all the way across the pedestrian zone to see this. Rather expensive fee of 11e each to basically see a stage. Big disappointment! Without a nice gift shop the walk would really have been a waste. Did have a fairly nice lunch at a cafeteria recommended by the staff. Would not recommend nor return,

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Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Vicenza  >  Vicenza

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