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Teatro Olimpico

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Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
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10:30 am - 1:30 pm
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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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This sight leaves you in awe of the genius of the Renaissance architect Palladio and the those associated with the completion of the theatre after his death. The best way to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Oregon City, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Teatro is well worth the visit. Sit in the theater and take in the ambiance, then move around to see the theater from different perspectives. When we were there in December there were a total of seven other people on site!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed this, it is the oldest indoor theater in the world, looking forward to seeing an actual performance at the theater...looks super old! Definitely and interesting piece of history.

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Nambour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

This sight leaves you in awe of the genius of the Renaissance architect Palladio and the those associated with the completion of the theatre after his death. The best way to see etc is to buy a museum pass which covers entry to some to the theatre as well as 5 museums in the historical city centre. The pass can... More 

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Morgan Hill, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This theatre was just awesome. There is not much to do but sit inside on the wooden bleachers and marvel at the painted sky, like Venetian in Vegas, but to think this thing is so old is amazing. Would have loved to have a guided tour.

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Montrose, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Gorgeous, and worth the stop. The ticket is good at all the museums in the city. It was amazing to see an original set from the first play!!

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Vicenza, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful historic building in downtown. Not far from the main square which is filled with great coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and gelaterias. Worth visiting in Vicenza. Doesn't take more than an hour to visit.

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Vicenza, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Part of my family lives abroad and this is one of the few places I show them while I play tour guide. I visit this place at least twice every year and every time I find something new that amazes me. The ticket includes entrance to other museums and if you want tot visit only the theatre it can be... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

One of the most magical theatres in the world. Please make a stop here if you are in town! It's the first open air theatres that was covered later. The first! That's just amazing!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This was such a tucked away little treasure... from the outside it didn't look like much but once inside and following the path to see the main stage, this theater is amazing. Take the time to read about the first night's performance, the play, the actors, the costumes, the locals. Then step into the amazing theater resplendent with fabulous statuary... More 

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São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Knowing Teatro Olimpico was among the main architectural Palladian masterpieces, we booked our tickets online prior to visiting Vicenza (€11). However, the more affordable option is to buy the Museum card (€15), which gives one access to the theatre and six other museums. Since we booked for the first time slot, at 09:00, we had the theatre all to ourselves.... More 

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