Explore Venice’s Teatro La Fenice on a 1-hour walking tour and discover its history, architecture and decadent décor! Translating as ‘the phoenix’ in Italian, La Fenice has mirrored the mythical bird by rising from the ashes of two fires over the course of its history. Now restored to its 18th-century glory, the famous opera house boasts a jaw-dropping interior that has to be seen to be believed. Walk around the plush auditorium and royal box, and hear the history of this iconic Italian opera venue from a local guide.
Meet your guide at Campo San Luca in central Venice, and then stroll the short distance to Teatro La Fenice, one of the most legendary opera houses in Italy. Follow your guide inside the historical building and discover its history on your 1-hour tour.Opened amid much hype at the end of the 18th century, the theater house quickly became the place for affluent Venetians to gather, gossip and gamble against a hubbub of opera music. Performances by European maestros such as Bellini, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner regularly took place inside Teatro La Fenice and the theater grew an avid following of locals and visitors alike.Hear how the theater was razed to the ground by fire on not just one but two occasions, and marvel at the multi-million dollar renovations that have restored it to its former Baroque glory. Bold aqua-colored walls frame glittering gold balconies, and the theater seems to drip with grandiose ornamentation. Ogle the ornate décor and furnishings of the auditorium, visit the royal box, and walk along the rows of plush seats while imagining a cacophany of opera music around you.After an hour of exploring the theater and hearing its history, exit the building to finish your tour.