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Teatro Olimpico

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Address: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 11, 36100 Vicenza, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0444 222800
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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The Olympic Theatre by Andrea Palladio was commissioned in February 1580 by...

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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Amazing interior

Superb! The intricate interiors (esp. sculptures) and the stage / backstage. Seeing an actual play / opera there must be a once-in-a-lifetime. Doesn't take long (<30mins), but... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Superb! The intricate interiors (esp. sculptures) and the stage / backstage. Seeing an actual play / opera there must be a once-in-a-lifetime. Doesn't take long (<30mins), but definitively worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In my honest opinion, this is a pretty boring place. It has nice murals and paintings on the walls, and the actual theatre portion is pretty neat, but I wouldn't go here twice. Not worth the time or money to see more than once.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Vicenza for a day trip primarily to see this amazing theatre. The walk through the city was well signed and interesting with lots of fine historical buildings. The entry price was on the high side but the theatre is great. Certainly worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice small garden as you go through, Stage set is lovely, beautiful painted ceiling (Sky theme) a lot of student there when I visited doing drawing etc, would love to see a play being performed their.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A worthwhile place to visit as it's only one of three Renaissance theatres left in Italy.It's design was started by Palladio but he died before completion.Theres a small but nicely stocked gift shop also.

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Pomona, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

very unique teatro olimpico. must see check out the schedule of events. we didn't see any shows this time

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Linden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Teatro is breathtaking and definitely worth the trip to Vicenza. Although it's a somewhat small, the actual theater is very unique and shows the talent and skills possessed by Palladio.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone interested in theatre this is a dazzling and beautiful experience. The oldest indoor theatre in the world: what is especially amazing is that the scenery on stage is the original 400 year old scenery from the first production! Palladio's design is wonderful. Sadly we did not see any production on stage but just to see the theatre was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Somewhat expensive if you don't get the museum pass, but really fascinating and very different. It's a real theater from 1500's, designed by the ubiquitous (in Vicenza) Palladio to present ancient Greek plays. Everything is original. Stage is designed to give illusion of depth. Really cool!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Great to see. Make sure you get the museum pass next door to save some money. It will be a short visit but excellent. It is not air conditioned so it gets hot. Easy to find in he old city . Start your tour of PAlladio here.

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