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“Beautiful, unique indoor 15th century theatre”
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Teatro Olimpico
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The Palladio and Bassano del Grappa Private Tour
Ranked #1 of 130 things to do in Vicenza
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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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“Beautiful, unique indoor 15th century theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

This beautiful very early indoor theatre was designed by Palladio but not completed till after his death. He has created a classic Roman auditorium but with a roof, so there is no proscenium arch. The ceiling is painted as the sky and the auditorium is furnished with continuous wooden rather than stone seating. The stone effect back wall is covered in tiers of statues of wealthy Vicenzan patrons. It has small arches through which there is tromp l'oeil set of buildings and streets. There are occasional performances but no-one else is allowed on stage as it is all very fragile. You can still see the holes where the lamp holders would have fitted to light the stage. Outside in the shop there is a small display of them. A small magical masterpiece. The entry fee of 10e also allows you access to a number of other buildings and museums.

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Very nice place; beautiful inside and outside (loved the courtyard). We got a special discount rate for a large group; not sure I'd want to pay 10 Euro to go in. But I'm glad I did see it.

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing place to visit ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Every time I go in that place I feel so lucky to live right beside it. If you visit Vicenza it is certainly one of those things you want to see .

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“Stunning place, but shame about the staff and price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

First, it's important to say what a beautiful building this is and that it's a "must see". However there is only the auditorium to visit and as this doesn't take long, €10 is quite a high price to pay, even if it does include admission to a variety of other, fairly dull museums. The biggest downside though is the staff, of which there are a lot and who appear to have been selected specifically for their surliness and unpleasant attitude to visitors.

Visited July 2014
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“truly outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is such an extraordinary place; I'm informed by my travel companions that I gasped out loud when I came in through the doors.
Frankly, for E10, valid for 3 days and several other attractions, it's a bargain, and if I'd had 3 days to spare I would cheerfully have spent all 3 of the in this theatre. It is absolutely staggering.

Visited June 2014
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