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Teatro Olimpico

Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
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Ranked #1 of 37 Attractions in Vicenza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: The Olympic Theatre by Andrea Palladio was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters & Stadiums
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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.

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Birkirkara
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Teatro is not big, but the approach to the Teatro is complimented with interesting information about the theatre and the first performances. One will have the true reward when entering the theatre proper. The stage set is marvelous and the streets leading of the back seem to lead far into the distance. The perspective is perfect and one needs... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Even with a few hours in Vicenza I was glad I purchased the 15€ Museum card which allowed me to visit the fabulous Teatro Olimpico (just the theatre 11€), visit the small but impressive Palazzo Chiericati (don't skip the Collection Roi on the top floor with illustrations from Tiepolo to John Singer Sargent) and see the altarpieces at the Tempio... More 

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Vicenza, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Small theater , very interesting to see the preserved statues from Roman times. Enjoyed walking through the theater, can't wait to see an actual performance.

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San diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is an amazing theater. It is actually the set design perspective recreation of idealized street scenes that steels the show. Very worthwhile seeing.

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Fairport, New York
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Teatro Olimpico is the home of Vicenza's Olympic Academy, founded in 1555 to promote the arts and sciences. One of the founding members was Andrea Palladio who designed a temporary stage in 1558. This permanent theater was his last architectural project before his death in 1580. Palladio used an existing fort and prison and built the theatre and the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Palladio knew his Roman architecture and reproduced in exquisite detail. The proportions, the detail and the atmosphere are right on. While I have seen many original Roman theaters, this reproduction delivers it in living color. Beautiful!

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Pafos
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I have had a big emotion going into this place built by Palladio in 1585, the genius architect of the Italian renaissance. The spectacular optical effect of scene which was built for the first performance and the opening of this theatre shows the Tebe streets and give you the idea of 100 meters (110 yards) length, in practice the space... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

So different to anything I have seen. Amazing handling of perspective in the way the scenery is devized.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was the highlight of our visit to Vicenza. It was worth the stop in visiting Vicenza. Very unique theatre.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The good folks of Vicenza wanted in about 1580 to re-create a Greek Theater in classic style (this was the height of the Renaissance). Palladio designed a gorgeous theater, which was completed after his death. The state of preservation is remarkable. The first performance (Oedipus Rex) drew 3,000 people from far and wide (mostly dignataries and the wealthy). The play... More 

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