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The Palladio and Bassano del Grappa Private Tour
"You will be picked up at 8:00 AM from Verona to transfer you to Vicenza. The tour starts off at Villa Valmarana ai Nani called the “Rotonda”. It gets the name from the statues of the 17 dwarfs on the walls surrounding the house. The legend tells she realized her handicap and threw herself from the tower. The pain the dwarfs felt for the princess transformed them into statues of stone. The Villa is also considered the maximum expression of the painting of the eighteenth century and the highest ex we stop at Olympic Theater which is the absolute masterpiece of the one of the greatest Italian architects: Andrea Palladio who was openly inspired by the Roman theatres described by Vitruvius. The Olympic Theater is one of Vicenza’s artistic wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Close by there is Piazza dei Signori Vicenza’s main square since Roman times and the center of the town’s life. We stop in Bassano del Grappa (a village nearby Vicenza) at lunchtime where you will enjoy time for your own lunch. During April and September you can taste the famous white aspar symbol of the town. During the Great War it became famous as the elite mountain troops sang a sentimental song while crossing the bridge. The song called 'Sul ponte di Bassano' (on the bridge of Bassano) is about kissing a pretty girl and squeezing her h
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The Palladio and Bassano del Grappa Private Tour
"You will be picked up at 8:00 AM from Verona to transfer you to Vicenza. The tour starts off at Villa Valmarana ai Nani called the “Rotonda”. It gets the name from the statues of the 17 dwarfs on the walls surrounding the house. The legend tells she realized her handicap and threw herself from the tower. The pain the dwarfs felt for the princess transformed them into statues of stone. The Villa is also considered the maximum expression of the painting of the eighteenth century and the highest ex we stop at Olympic Theater which is the absolute masterpiece of the one of the greatest Italian architects: Andrea Palladio who was openly inspired by the Roman theatres described by Vitruvius. The Olympic Theater is one of Vicenza’s artistic wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Close by there is Piazza dei Signori Vicenza’s main square since Roman times and the center of the town’s life. We stop in Bassano del Grappa (a village nearby Vicenza) at lunchtime where you will enjoy time for your own lunch. During April and September you can taste the famous white aspar symbol of the town. During the Great War it became famous as the elite mountain troops sang a sentimental song while crossing the bridge. The song called 'Sul ponte di Bassano' (on the bridge of Bassano) is about kissing a pretty girl and squeezing her h
From EUR675.00
 
The Shadow of Palladio: Legends and Mysteries Guided Tour
"During the tour you are called to solve games and collect clues to reveal the mystery around Andrea Palladio death. Thanks to all the informations discovered during the tour try to solve the mystery: who killed Andrea Palladio?Andrea di Pietro della Gondola known as Palladio famous around the world for his incredible architectural works and talents died in mysterious circumstances. Led by a local guide explore play and solve the clues around his death. During the tour
From EUR300.00

Teatro Olimpico Tips (17)

Most impressive Roman outdoor theater.

The building is well preserved. This is a huge plus for visiting Roman sites. All you need to know is that it isn't always available to visit, during the summer season there are concerts. When they are ongoing the site is closed for obvious reasons.

The acoustics in the theater are really impressive as well. From the stage til the top of the building you can hear as clear as someone who is talking next to you.

The only downside to the visit is the underground part in wich there are a lot of pidgeons. This led to one of the little birds to shat upon a dear friend of mine. This obviously is a downside to the entire visit of the complex.

All in all, if you ever visit Vicenza, the theater is a must see!

Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza VI, Italy

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Jun 06, 2016

Teatro Olympico

Wandering 5 minutes from the center of Vicenza you will find Teatro Olympico. In front of the Teatro is a quaint courtyard with some nice statues featured in a garden setting. This might be a nice place to rest your feet and take a few minutes to read about the history of this structure.
It took 5 years to be completed, 1580-1585, and they say that it is the oldest surviving enclosed theatre in the world. This was Andrea Palladio's last project, regarded as a brilliant masterpiece by this architect from the Italian Renaissance.
There is a fee of 8 euros for entrance, but you should ask about a late afternoon short presentation and then you can see it for less (2.50 euros)
Photos below show some of the peaceful garden.
Card Museums € 8,50 / reduced € 6,50
Schoolclasses € 2,50
Opening hours
Tue-Sun: 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Last admission: 16.30

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Nov 30, 2011

Teatro Olimpico

Though Palladio's name is bandied about freely here, and he certainly had a significant input into the building, he was actually deceased when it was completed.
The Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre) was constructed in 1580-1585 and is the oldest surviving enclosed theatre in the world.
The theatre was Andrea Palladio's final masterpiece though, designed by the greatest architect of the Italian Renaissance.
The trompe-l'œil onstage scenery, designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi to give the appearance of long streets receding to a distant horizon, was installed in 1585 for the very first performance held in the theatre, and is the oldest surviving stage set still in existence.
The Teatro Olimpico is, along with the Teatro all'antica in Sabbioneta and the Teatro Farnese in Parma, one of only three Renaissance theatres remaining in existence. Both these theatres were based, in large measure, on the Teatro Olimpico.
The star attraction, however, is the stage with its permanent set, "The Seven Cities of Thebes," which was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. The street behind the central proscenium arch slants upwards, and that, combined with the alignment of the building façades that line the street, creates an illusion of perspective as the viewer's gaze is drawn toward a distant vanishing point. To maintain the illusion, smaller actors are used at the rear.
The theatre wasn't a great hit as a theatre however, its small capacity being one of its drawbacks.
It is definitely one of the highlights of any visit not only to Vicenza but Italy itself.

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Jan 02, 2010

Teatro Olympia

It was designed by Palladio in 1580 and completed in 1585, and may be a first example of covered indoor theatre. It is made of wood and stucco. Palladio died in 1585, just before the theatre was completed. His son finished the loggia and presentation entry arch. Afterword the scenes inside is by Vicenzo Scammozzi. He made the stage scene into seven hallways, so all had some sort of view. the in depth view of the street scenes behind the stage is supposed to relplicated after Thebes, Greece. These are sole Renaissance structures to have survived ti today and this is oldest and only remaining theatre from the period. The theater was restored in 1930 to its pristine condition you see today, which is fabulous.
This was used as a prison and powder storage arsenal before Palladio got the approval to build the theatre. The outside remnants of this old structure is impressive.
The first play was in 1585. It is now used in Spring and fall only because there is no heat, and the elaborate lighting from the 1585 era is a fire hazard, so is also is not utilized. The below ground alcove is outstanding and leads into the various areas of the seating arena.
This is probably in the top 10 of sites to see in Italy in my opinion.

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Aug 04, 2009
 
 
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Teatro Olympia-old and great

It was designed by Palladio in 1580 and may be a first example of covered indoor theatre. Palladio died in 1585, just before the theatre was completed. His son finished the loggia and presentation entry arch. Afterword the scenes inside is by Vicenzo Scammozzi. He made the stage scene into seven hallways, so all had some sort of view. the in depth view of the street scenes behind the stage is supposed to reliplicated after Thebes, Greece. These are sole Renaissance structures to have survived ti today and this is oldest and only remaining theatre form the period.
This was used as a prison and powder storage arsenal before Palladio got the approval to build the theatrre. The outside remnants of this old structure is impressive.
The first play was in 1585. It is now used in Spring and fall only because there is no heat, and the elaborate lighting from the 1585 era is a fire hazard, so is also is not utilized. The below ground alcove is outstanding and leads into the various areas of the seating arena.

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May 18, 2008

Teatro Olimpico - the seats

Inside an exterior brick box, the elaborate wooden theater interior is a half circle of steep tiers of seats (wooden covered benches) facing a retangular proscenium stage.
A wooden colonnade with cornice and figures above circles the top of the seats. The ceiling plane is undifferentiated and was later painted blue, suggesting an open sky above the theater.

Admission: the ticket costs 7,00 euros and is valid for three consecutive days, including visit of Pinacoteca Palazzo Chiericati and Museo Naturalistico Archeologico.
more about Vicenza card on: www.charta.it

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croisbeauty
Mar 25, 2008

Teatro Olimpico - the backstage

A central arched opening dominates the back wall, flanked by two smaller doorways. Through these openings, elaborate stage sets of streets angle backstage, a triad through the central opening and single streets through each side.
The sets, designed later by Scamozzi, use techniques of tilting the floors and contracting the angle between the street walls and the heights of their building facades to make foreshortened streets in perspective.

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croisbeauty
Mar 22, 2008

Teatro Olimpico

The project was commissioned to Palladio by Accademia Olimpica (Palladio was also one of its members) following their decision to build a permanent theatre for dramatic presentations.

The construction works started in 1580, but Palladio died a few months later. In 1584 the theater was already finished.

Built of wood and stucco with classical columns and statues, according to the theaters of antiquity, Teatro Olimpico has the stage in the shape of a triumphal arch.

The fixed scenes are theoretically representing the five streets of the city of Thebes. The main street is only twelve meters long but seems much more due to the floor that is rising, the sky that is descending and the buildings adorned with statues of plaster and gauze.

The theater was inaugurated in 1585 with a performance of Oedipus Rex.

The theater is included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

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Teatro Olimpico

The oldest indoor theater in Europe, some say this is Palladios crowning achievement. That's debatable with the number of masterpieces he's left littered around the Veneto. For sure this was his last great work, he died before it was completed.

A thorough visit to vicenza is not complete without a tour of the inside of the Theatre. A wonderful Roman themed architectural showcase for performances. We were lucky enough to see a performance inside the Teatro Olympico. If interested in a performance, check the schedule from the web site below.

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Jun 14, 2006

Teatro Olimpico - the stage

When entering in the theatre, the eye of visitor is immediately caught by the stage, at the centre of which is a large arch capped by the emblem of the town.
The walls and ceiling of the proscenium are elaborately articulated with architectural details and statues, made of wood and plaster.
The main body of the stage represents a square, whilst behind are the five streets of Tebe, created by Scamozzi, who went beyond Palladio's original intentions.
From the stage you may admire the rest of the theatre to which Palladio gave such a sense of space.

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May 12, 2006

Teatro Olimpico

Passing through the archway you come to the garden of Teatro Olimpico and right in front there is the main entrance to the theatre.
The design proposed by Palladio was accepted y the local authorities, and work started just a few months before his death. It was completed by his successor Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1582.

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May 12, 2006

Teatro Olimpico

The Accademia Olimpica, established in 1555, with those cultural functions which were common to all the academies founded in Italy during the 16th century decided to commission a theatre for staging classical plays.
Right of the entrance stands the Castello Carraresi, held by various occupiers through the ages.

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