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One of the 3 Renaissance indoor theaters of northern Italy

From the outside looks quite unnoticeable to host such a small jewel. It can be underwhelming if... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2019
Tualie
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Varese, Italy
Exceptional renaissance theatre

Impressive architectural stage, very good audioguide. Travel back in time to the heyday of the 16th... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2019
HerakleitosMD
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Kapellen, Belgium
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

From the outside looks quite unnoticeable to host such a small jewel. It can be underwhelming if had visited the Olimpico in Vicenza and the Farnese in Parma, those are larger ones. Small and cute. Worth visiting if in the area.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

Impressive architectural stage, very good audioguide. Travel back in time to the heyday of the 16th century. Must see!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

This theatre was built in the late 16th century for the Gonzaga family, which dominated the nearby city of Mantua and is unique as the first one housed in a separate purpose-built building since ancient times. It is very small with tiered horseshoe shaped seating...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed October 24, 2017

The second oldest “modern” European theatre after Vicenza, which I visited last year. This one is more of the classic “opera house” horse shoe shape, rather than the Roman semi-circle, so is an important progression. The stage setting has been restored, giving a meaningful impression...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed May 15, 2017

The building does not look too impressive from the outside. But... the inside "hides" a really well-preserved Renaissance theater. It's worth to drop in and "meet" some history...

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

The first free standing, purpose built theatre in Europe. Built in the 1500s it is a really gem. Beautifully preserved and lovely to see!

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

This is an incredible theater. I only wish I could have seen a play put on in this magnificent space. You must visit this theater!

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed July 15, 2016

One if the two must see sights here, other than strolling the town. The theatre is unique in its history. If you've seen the one in Vice sa than this is a secondary example. Worth a look if you're in the area.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

The last item of the very informative tour of Sabbioneta I took a few days ago... the first example (with Vicenza's Teatro Olimpico) of modern theater, it is beautiful both inside and outside. Inside, the cavea is light and elegant. The original inclined stage has...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, small, jewel in architecture of the second '500. particular theater with less 150 seats characterized by the backdrop fixed, rebuilt in the 90s of' 900. one of the first examples of the theaters with foyer modern. symbol of the theater 12 statues troneggiano above...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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