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“Just Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico
Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza, Italy
+39 0444 222800
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Ranked #1 of 37 Attractions in Vicenza
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters & Stadiums
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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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“Just Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is the most amazing sight to see. I just couldn't believe the trompe L'oeil. Wish we could have seen a play there! Even the entrance hall has several interesting things to see. Once in the theatre one can wander around the seating area and spend as much time as you'd like. It really was hard knowing where to look as the sky detail, the statues and the trompe L'oeil stage are all so detailed.

Visited September 2013
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“Historical Theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It doesn't get more interesting for theater buffs than the Teatro. Amazing history, through finding out additional information was a little difficult. The staff in the theater were there mostly to ensure that visitors didn't stray into prohibited area (quite understandable, when you have a structure hundreds of years old). But, it was well worth it just to sit in the theater and look at all the decor and backdrop (amazing perspective on the backdrop). Some of the old lighting devices displayed in the gift shop area were interesting---I would have like more of this type of displays. Well worth the stop.

Visited May 2013
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“Impressive, but could use some improved English language services”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The theater is impressive and well worth the visit. The only complaint is that the staff have limited English skills, so some of the depth and context was missing for us. I think they could do a better job of informing English customers that they either need the audio guide or wait for an English tour (none available when we visited).

Visited October 2013
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“Nice to Return!! 20 years later...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We came back to the Theater to revisit the place where two of our kids graduations were held. Brought back many special memories for us.
We were stationed here in Vicenza in the 90's. Lots has changed but not the Teatro!!
Well worth the visit!

Visited September 2013
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“The first origina covered theater in the history of the world.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you are walking in the small pretty Vicenza, looking for the main sights, you can't miss this place.You will not see anything similar in another place.10 euro ( 3 sights of the city included ) and some more information at the info-point nearby the gate will give you a good interesting basic information to understand this amazing Palladio project.

Visited May 2013
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