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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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trondheim
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This last work of Palladio, finished 1585 after his death. One of few, possibly the best, renaissance theatre still exixting. Outside not very special, but come in and have a look at this romanesque theatre. You will be astonished. In the opening performance in 1585 there were 3000 people there. This is a must. Enare

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Teatro Olimpico was one of the first things we did when arriving in Vicenza. The ticket costs 10 Euro but gets you into seven other museums. The Teatro Olimpico is definitely the highlight of the ticket-- but we also really enjoyed the Civic Museum as well.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The architecture is spectacular and the history is amazing. Palladio was a genius. This is a must see for any traveler!

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A wondefful wood stage theatre which holds mostly classic music concerts and monologues. There's no heating in this theatre to avoig damaging the wood stage. You can visit it even if there's no concert and ask for the "spettacolo delle luci" or light show. Very beautiful indeed.

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Vienna, Austria
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are interested in Architecture don't miss it. An incredible example of early theaterbuildings One of Andrea Palladios masterpieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

In Vicenza, nearby river dont mis visit of Teatro Olimpico, old new fashioned Theater from A.Palladio, it is amasing to go upstairs by old steps to auditorium and to go around scene of an antic city. Interresting not only for actor or achitects... Only the indoor light are too sharp for photos

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Antwerp, Belgium
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Impressive and well kept remains of our theatre history. the entrance ticket (12 eur) gives you access to 9 other museums in Vicenza. Worth the detour!

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Farnborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It was really difficult to believe this theatre was the same age as the Globe style theatres in London, built around that time (c1580) as it has such a modern feel about it - no pillars restricting the view, with a classic, round design. The set on stage made a great use of perspective. In the garden it also had... More

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Germany
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

then it is worth it. Its a theatre room mainly, and to pay for that alone we thought ist not worth it. However, a very friendly lady at the Palladio Museum recommended a Family Card which includes various sights in Vicenza, and with this, the Teatro is worth the visit. It consists mainly of one room, the Auditorium where you... More

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Hove
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This beautiful very early indoor theatre was designed by Palladio but not completed till after his death. He has created a classic Roman auditorium but with a roof, so there is no proscenium arch. The ceiling is painted as the sky and the auditorium is furnished with continuous wooden rather than stone seating. The stone effect back wall is covered... More

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