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Teatro Olimpico

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Andrea Palladio’s last work and masterpiece, the Olympic Theatre was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica, a society of mixed social classes founded in Vicenza in 1555 for cultural and scientific purposes and to which Palladio...more
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Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 11, 36100 Vicenza, Italy
+39 0444 964380
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 November 2014

Even with a few hours in Vicenza I was glad I purchased the 15€ Museum card which allowed me to visit the fabulous Teatro Olimpico (just the theatre 11€), visit the small but impressive Palazzo Chiericati (don't skip the Collection Roi on the top floor...More

7  Thank Tracy E
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 2 July 2011

My husband and I traveled to Vicenza just to see the Teatro Olimpico because of all the great reviews on Tripadvisor. Unfortunately, it took us some time to find the teatro and by the time we arrived it was 4:31. The teatro closes at 5:00...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very stunning and very interesting talked to one of the stewards and he explained quite a bit of the history of the teatro olimpico. Oldest indoor theater in the world and still in use today.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Teatro Olimpico is the oldest indoor theater in Europe - conceived by Palladio. Everyone notes that you'll be surprised, and you'll STILL be surprised, because the theater is simply different from anything you've previously experienced or imagined. It's surprisingly intimate -- not grand in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You do not expect to see what you will discover. Very surprising place. The teatro is worthwhile to see. A very amazing theatre, the way it is built and how you can interpret it in very unique.

Thank Girolamolm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friends who live in Vicenza recommended a visit and I am so glad I went. This place is phenomenonal, both in terms of its age and construction. I counted over 100 statues, preserved wooden benches, effects on the stage that appear to create the illusion...More

Thank tina r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

an essential visit NOT to be missed. The spirit of it's timeAudiovisual intriguing, wonderful building...visionary indeed !!

Thank peter29alex
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the cathedral, we strolled to the bustling main square to admire Andre Palladio’s Loggia del Capitaniato and the Teatro Olimpico, which he designed in 1580. Because he died before his plans were implemented, Vicenzo Scamozzi completed the theater in 1585. The backdrop of the...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Teatro Olimpico is possibly unique. At least I know of no other place like it. I really enjoy this funny permanent cityscape scenography which is a true tour de force of trompe l’oeil.

Thank andreas b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buy the Vicenza 7-day museum pass and the Teatro is almost next door. This is the best, most economical way to see Vicenza's historic sites. The theater building is good but once in the auditorium itself you fee like the outdoors is indoors. Productions are...More

Thank TerryfromToledo
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Arguably, Palladio's greatest design was the Teatro Olimpico, which was completed after his death. The set for the first play staged in the theater in 1585, Sophocles's Oedipus, created such an impressive 3-D illusion of the streets of Thebes, that it was never removed and...More

2  Thank FactotumDellaCitta
Reviewed 1 October 2018

A must place to see in Vicenzia, The detail on the stage a backdrop is incredible and all who walked in while we were there gave the same exclamation 'Wow'. Just sit and take it in as your eyes play tricks on you.

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Response from Miha P | Reviewed this property |
For performances you need to go directily to Teatro Olimpico information Office. They will explain you the timetable. All good, M.
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13 February 2016|
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Response from cadelvento2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. This is what I found about the Olimpico theatre: "mercoledì 27 aprile 2016 ore 20.45 Alexander Lonquich direttore Andrea Lucchesini solista al pianoforte Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Sinfonia n. 4 in la maggiore op... More
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13 November 2015|
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Response from drwho00 | Reviewed this property |
One adult ticket to just the Olympic Theater is 11 euro. The Museum card is better deal. It's good for one week, costs 15 euro, and includes entrance to Teatro Olimpico, Gallerie d'Italia Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Chiesa di... More