Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico information

Vicenza , Italy
Piazza Matteotti 11
+390 444 22 28 00
More information
adult/reduced €11/8, or with MuseumCard
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sun, to 6pm early Jul-early Sep
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Behind a walled garden lies a Renaissance marvel: the Teatro Olimpico, which Palladio began in 1580 with inspiration from Roman amphitheatres. Vincenzo Scamozzi finished the elliptical theatre after Palladio’s death, adding a stage set modelled on the ancient Greek city of Thebes, with streets built in steep perspective to give the illusion of a city sprawling towards a distant horizon.

Today, Italian performers vie to make an entrance on this extraordinary stage; check the website for opera, classical and jazz performances.