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Teatro Olimpico

Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
+39 0444 222800
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Ranked #1 of 38 attractions in Vicenza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters
Owner description: The Olympic Theatre by Andrea Palladio was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica. Palladio did not see its completion by the sudden... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lajes, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very nice place; beautiful inside and outside (loved the courtyard). We got a special discount rate for a large group; not sure I'd want to pay 10 Euro to go in. But I'm glad I did see it.

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Vicenza
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Every time I go in that place I feel so lucky to live right beside it. If you visit Vicenza it is certainly one of those things you want to see .

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Glasgow, Scotland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

First, it's important to say what a beautiful building this is and that it's a "must see". However there is only the auditorium to visit and as this doesn't take long, €10 is quite a high price to pay, even if it does include admission to a variety of other, fairly dull museums. The biggest downside though is the staff,... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is such an extraordinary place; I'm informed by my travel companions that I gasped out loud when I came in through the doors. Frankly, for E10, valid for 3 days and several other attractions, it's a bargain, and if I'd had 3 days to spare I would cheerfully have spent all 3 of the in this theatre. It is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Simply stunning! How did he/they do it- all those centuries ago. The perspective was amazing and the setting superb. Not to be missed.

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NW England
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Amongst the Palladio mania of the town, most tourists will be drawn to the Old Teatro. With the benefit of experience and hindsight I would appreciate the many, many, many examples of Palladio's architecture around the town and surrounding areas and keep my €10 / person in my pocket instead of paying for what amounts to 10 minutes sitting in... More

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Canterbury
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We visited this theatre as fans of Palladio and left in awe of his talent. Palladio is, to those who don't know, the inspiration to many who visited Italy on the Grand Tour and took his ideas home to build their own great country mansions. It was fantastic to see his original work here in this beautiful city. How we... More

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Branford, CT
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Other reviewers say it better - outdoors, viewed indoors. The illusion, created by the clever use of prospective, in a place around since the 1500s, is very impressive. And it is constructed of wood and plaster - no stone. We didn't spring for the headset, in fact, none was even suggested at the ticket counter. We did spring for the... More

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sydney
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This tiny theatre was way ahead of its time and is a joy to be in. Very intimate, you feel very close to the stage at all times, and the simple stepped, curved seating is remarkable and inventive. Entry price, however, is a bit rich even if you get entry to a collection of other places you probably don't necessarily... More

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Eastern US
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Go early and try to see when not crowded. The staff is very strict about where one can go and sit. It is understandable with all the steps. A beautiful stage.

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