Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice
4.5
About
This world famous opera house, burned to the ground in 1996, has been rebuilt amongst much scandal and drama: its modern beauty and complex history ensure its place among the most celebrated monuments in Italian history.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Teatro La Fenice
The area
Address
Neighborhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
Reach out directly
See what travelers are saying
  • Natasha V
    4 contributions
    Memories of Venice
    Venice is amazing. Guggenheim Museum, St Marco’s square, the beautiful Fenice opera house the elegant Florian coffee shop, beautiful shops everywhere, museums, galleries, just strolling in this historical city, blows your mind away. Cross all the magnificent bridges. Do your research and learn more before you go. Then take a train trip tom beautiful Verona. Stroll around see the Arena di Verona and if you can get a ticket for an opera you will be a very fortunate person.
    Visited June 2022
    Written March 5, 2023
  • EddySch
    Greater London, United Kingdom381 contributions
    A stunning venue - a must see whilst in Venice
    Venice’s famous opera house didn’t disappoint. Purchased an audio tour at the time with no queuing and enjoyed an hour hearing about the history and architecture of this wonderful venue. Renovated back to its former glory after an arson attack it couldn’t have a more appropriate name - it literally has been reborn from the ashes of its former self. Stunning…
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,380 contributions
    Beautiful interior (though not that old)
    This is a fairly stunning theatre. The opulence and detail are fairly fantastic. La Fenice means “the phoenix” and this theatre has some history of that. I wonder if naming it “the phoenix” when they built it in 1792 was a wise decision....since three major fires have damaged it since being built. The most recent fire was a total gutting except for the exterior framing in 1996 so the current version you see is not old but at least they carefully tried to reconstruct it to its original design. Either way, it’s quite a sight.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • VacationTraveler_K
    Dallas, Texas128 contributions
    Beautiful - just like in a period movie scene
    Beautifully reconstructed interior! Gold everywhere in the theater and marble in the lobby. Really a beautiful place to take in a show. The balconies are essentially all boxes, mostly having ~4 seats in each. Front row of the box is really the only way to be sure you can see the stage, and those seats are priced a bit higher than the second row. Second row are higher stools (with a back) to help with seeing over the first row…but your feet will be perched on the chair rung and won’t reach the floor if you choose the 2nd row. If you know your box companions you could move the chairs around a bit to try to get everyone a nice view. Opt for a box closest to the center for the best viewing angle. Bathrooms are fairly small but the line moved quickly. We had a bit of trouble finding our seats as the staff were spread a bit too thin, but all in all it was managed without too much issue. Arrive 15 to 20 min before the show. If you have time to spare you can enjoy a drink at the bar on the 2nd floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • SydneyTraveller
    182 contributions
    Beautiful theatre with interesting audio guide
    This theatre was even more beautiful than I imagined and the audio guide was quite interesting and the audio tour was easy to follow through the rooms and not too long. Even my teenagers were interested. Just be aware that you need a physical identity document with you (Eg passport, driver’s licence) in order to get the audio guide, as they hold onto this document and hand it back when you return the audio guide.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Dennis L
    Anchorage, Alaska7 contributions
    Breathtaking and rich history
    The audio guide was a great way to learn about to the theater. I can’t explain in words how beautiful the theater was. The ornate decoration and fine details was exquisite. We got to see them setting up for a show that was later in the evening so that was a nice added bonus.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • CMC
    695 contributions
    Teatro La Fenice, in May
    Visited on a Wednesday mid afternoon, short wait in queue to buy tickets. Sit in the stalls and look up at all the details. Go upstairs and view from balcony boxes. Impressive building. There is a small gift shop at the entrance, spent just over an hour here.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom584 contributions
    A quiet (and beautiful) place to visit
    A quiet place to visit in Venice without too many people. The theatre has beautiful interiors, and the audio guide explains its history very well. Our visit was less than an hour long, and it was a nice break as you don’t need to walk a lot around the theatre and most of the time you are listening to the audio guide seated.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Geminican
    San Jose, California2,119 contributions
    One of good venues to enjoy Italian opera.
    The building itself is beautiful. There are many beautiful theaters in Italy, so visit at least one if you can. Alternatively, a good way to view the building is to attend a show. This venue is dedicated mainly for Italian opera. Italian opera is world famous. Tickets sold out quickly so advanced reservation is highly recommended. You don't have to purchase tickets from a third-party travel platform, you can purchase directly from Teatro Le Fenice's official website, the advantage is you can see date & show name. This theater rotates/alternates its opera shows. I showed up last minute at the box office 30 minutes before the show started and was very lucky to grab the last remaining ticket, probably it's during the slower tourist season and on a weekday. You don't have to understand Italian to enjoy the show. They have English subtitles projected on the screen on the top of the stage with big fonts, so you can easily see from any seats. Their singing, acting, and custom is world class with excellent quality. NYC's Broadway and London's West End plays and musicals are great. The Italian opera is similar to that and even more. The Italian opera takes it to another level in a sense that they sing all lines throughout the entire show, there is no talking/conversation like pure plays or musicals with a mix of singing and talking. These singing actors and actress are amazing. Imagine how much effort they put in to practicing and preparing to perform their best in front of you? And there is a symphony live playing the music. After attending an Italian opera at Teatro Le Fenice, I felt I saw a wonderful play, musical, opera, plus a symphony orchestra all in one. If you are looking for evening activities while in Venice, attending an opera can be a good option, and you would not go wrong with Teatro Le Fenice. The entire team/staff are helpful and very easy to work with. They did their best to help me locate my seat. They also did the same for others.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Hilary S
    Canterbury, United Kingdom125 contributions
    Well worth the entrance price to learn about the history of La Fenice and see the opulent interior.
    The audio tour of Teatro La Fenice was well worth doing despite not being able to go in the auditorium (due to a technical rehearsal for upcoming Tales of Hoffmann and the ballroom (talk being given to Italian students). Actually being able to watch the technical rehearsal from the gilded splendour of the Royal Box was wonderful. I also enjoyed seeing the wooden model of the original theatre, the Maria Callas exhibition and having brunch in the restored room that houses the bar. We booked and paid for our tickets online, before we left UK, but there was no need as in November there are no queues. As we have never managed to be in Venice for any performances at La Fenice this tour was the next best thing and I'm glad to have seen the interior at last.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4,557 reviews
Excellent
3,384
Very good
867
Average
170
Poor
62
Terrible
74

Timzorrr
Edmonds, WA1,542 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Take a tour or go to an opera if at all possible!
Just walking into the building, the years of history at the Teatro Le Fenice can be felt.
I am not an opera fan generally, but I bought tickets, online, for an opera while we were in Venice. It was an afternoon opera which tends to be more casual than and evening opera. The least expensive seats are some of the box seats.
It was awesome.
Visually it is beautiful, the opera was wonderful and it ended up being my favorite memory of Venice.
Written February 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

momcummings
virginia beach virginia42 contributions
Jan 2020
we attended a performance on January 1...New Years day and it was was inspiring and full of beauty and lovely music. From what we understood it had been damaged in the flooding in November and they sure did have it all fixed. THe music was well done and the second half was electrifying as they set off sparklers and confetti on the stage to the rousing response of audience and orchestra and singers
Written January 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gheorghe Mihai C
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Biggest tourist trap ever. First time, I got there, but they decided to cancel visits, even if their website showed the theatre was open for self guided tours.
Second time, I called to make sure there is no " unexpected circumstance". Of course there was one...a renearsal limited the visit to the royal box. Nobody told me you cannot photograph anything (not even the ceiling or walls) during a rehearsal. Why charge people for maney, then? Therefore, a got a punch in the shoulder from an emp,oyee. I complained to the rmanager, she dismissed my observation with arrogance, saying she does ot belive me, since nobody else complained. Talking about organisatiinal culture, La Fenice has a despicable one.
Therefore, if you want to waste 11 euros, be punched then treated with arrogamce by highly incompetent staff, go to La Fenice!

Anyway, the decor is a contemporary replica of what burned down 20 years ago. Bad vibes...
Written June 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Margarita O.
San Jose, CA71 contributions
Sep 2021
We have tickets to the opera for September 2022. I am sharing seating and visibility information that might be helpful to others. Information was obtained directly from Venice Opera via email.

Seats are placed one behind another and are NOT staggered. Rows AF-AA seats are in the orchestra pit, hence they are situated below stage level.
Rows A - F at at stage level
Visibility from row G through N is very good. Row L is the best row in the orchestra section as there is a large gap between Rows I and L. Rows J and K are removed.

Balcony boxes are good seats as long as you get center boxes. Also, only the first row of balcony boxes has visibility to the stage. 2nd Rows are much cheaper due to visibility issues.

We could not find tickets for row L (not a surprise!) and got tickets for the first row in the 2nd balcony, center boxes.

IMHO, if you are going to Venice Opera one time, might as well, get the best seat possible. I've heard so much about the hall...can't wait for the performance. I will update my review with pictures from our seat for your reference later in October 2022.
Written March 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MHMV
79 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We bought tickets ahead of time from their web sight. We saw la Boheme. It's a gorgeous opera house well worth a visit. I would recommend to buy the tíquets in Venice and not on line the tiquetes were cheaper at the tíquet office.
Written June 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mikey1214
Burton upon Trent, UK37 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was our second visit to the theatre and as previously, we had booked seats prior to leaving for Venice. The process on line was easy from the UK and the seating plan helped. This splendid theatre has a visually stunning auditorium. The Front of House staff were helpful showing us which floor and viewing box to go to. The production of the opera " Elixir of Love" was excellent. On our previous visit we had been so disappointed with the production of 'The Merry Widow". This production, however, was a joy to see and hear. The translations shown above the proscenium arch were not intrusive. We did not make use of the bar facilities so cannot make comment. On a previous occasion we had made enquiries about a tour of the theatre but understood it didn't include visiting backstage, scenery wardrobe etc. So we declined. It was much better to wallow in the ornate auditorium and entertainment.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Terry Anzur
Jupiter, FL1,532 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Seeing a performance here should be on the must-do list of every opera lover. We bought tickets in advance from the official box office website. Someone tried to pick my purse as we were walking through crowded streets to the theater. Opera tickets gone! The box office was able to verify my purchase and issue new ones.
The rebuilt theater rose from the ashes of a fire, but still feels grand and historic. Good acoustics and a savvy audience that went nuts when the tenor hit all 8 high C’s in a famous aria, so he did it again. Like LaScala they have a house brand of sparkling wine which we enjoyed at the interval.
An afternoon of opera was the perfect refuge from the over touristed streets and smelly canals. Worth every penny to experience opera as it should be seen and heard in Italy’s second most famous opera house.
Written October 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Geminican
San Jose, CA2,119 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
The building itself is beautiful. There are many beautiful theaters in Italy, so visit at least one if you can.
Alternatively, a good way to view the building is to attend a show.
This venue is dedicated mainly for Italian opera. Italian opera is world famous.
Tickets sold out quickly so advanced reservation is highly recommended.
You don't have to purchase tickets from a third-party travel platform, you can purchase directly from Teatro Le Fenice's official website, the advantage is you can see date & show name. This theater rotates/alternates its opera shows.

I showed up last minute at the box office 30 minutes before the show started and was very lucky to grab the last remaining ticket, probably it's during the slower tourist season and on a weekday.

You don't have to understand Italian to enjoy the show. They have English subtitles projected on the screen on the top of the stage with big fonts, so you can easily see from any seats.

Their singing, acting, and custom is world class with excellent quality.

NYC's Broadway and London's West End plays and musicals are great. The Italian opera is similar to that and even more. The Italian opera takes it to another level in a sense that they sing all lines throughout the entire show, there is no talking/conversation like pure plays or musicals with a mix of singing and talking.
These singing actors and actress are amazing. Imagine how much effort they put in to practicing and preparing to perform their best in front of you?
And there is a symphony live playing the music.
After attending an Italian opera at Teatro Le Fenice, I felt I saw a wonderful play, musical, opera, plus a symphony orchestra all in one.

If you are looking for evening activities while in Venice, attending an opera can be a good option, and you would not go wrong with Teatro Le Fenice.

The entire team/staff are helpful and very easy to work with. They did their best to help me locate my seat. They also did the same for others.

Written November 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

oreisl
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK1,635 contributions
Jan 2020
Very disappointing experience. If you have visited London theatres you will not be particularly impressed with this Venetian one.

Be aware that the 11 euro per person ticket price (sold to you by very offhand staff) grants access to the foyer (plus the ubiquitous gift shop), staircases, bar, a couple of music rooms and a box. You do not get to go onto the theatre floor. It took us about 10 minutes to see all we were allowed to visit. We made use of the toilets to get our moneys worth!
Written January 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AllAboutVenice
Venice, Italy12 contributions
Feb 2020
La Fenice is a unique theater, just like all the rest of Venice. It burnt to the ground in 1997 but was rebuilt and reopened in 2003. The interior of the public area, the Sale Appolinee, the entrance, and the theater was recreated exactly as it was. With all the gold, marble, and handicraft copied from the original house. Artists in all of Italy were involved in this extraordinary task. The result is an old opera house that is new. It doesn’t have the patina of time, because even though it’s identical to the old theater it’s new.
If you want to go for a guided visit, chose a day when there’s a rehearsal on stage.
Written February 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,728
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Teatro La Fenice - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Teatro La Fenice

According to Tripadvisor travelers, these are the best ways to experience Teatro La Fenice:



Teatro La Fenice Information

Excellent Reviews

3,383

Very Good Reviews

867

Teatro La Fenice Photos

3,411