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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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Antwerp, Belgium
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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34 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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Vicenza, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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