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Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
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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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Palladio designed this amazing theater to resemble a Roman amphitheater, but was limited by the elements of the building surrounding it. The backdrop to the stage is a marvel of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The theatre itself is a fascinating piece of baroque interior design and use of perspective to simulate distance, but it was rather less thrilling an experience than the entry price would have led one to expect. And don't be fooled by the "olympic" reference in the title, it has nothing to do with sports.

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Palladio designed this amazing theater to resemble a Roman amphitheater, but was limited by the elements of the building surrounding it. The backdrop to the stage is a marvel of perspective. Bravo to those who took apart the theater and hid the pieces in Venice during World War II to save it from destruction from enemy bombing! The reconstructed theater... More 

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Vienna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

entry (Eur 11.-) is rather expensive for what you get to see, but if you stay longer in VIcenza we recommend to buy the museums ticket (Eur 15.-) so you can see a couple of interessting museums and the famous theater

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Amazingly well preserved theatre with interesting perspectives from the audience seating. The informational plaques and posters were not offered in English, and there was no informational program or presentation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Whilst strolling on the historic old town of Vicenza on a memento hunt we heard rumors of the Olympic Theater and we were advised to visit it at all costs. The theater in fact is also enlisted in UNESCO as world patrimony and had a beautiful garden with a line of beatifully carved statues following the building's facade. The entry... More 

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It is a real jewel...! everybody should visit it! It is one of Palladio's masterpieces and the first theater where the linear perspective was introduced to the public. To listen to classical music inside it or see a play is an extraordinary experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It was a surprising experience, the stage and seating area are different from typical theaters. We were allowed to sit and study the theater without being hurried along. Very cool to see. Buy a combination ticket, there are several options to choose from, and most are very close.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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