Holidays in Olympic Theatre

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Vicenza featuring street scenes and heritage elements

The classical amphitheaters of Ancient Rome provided the blueprint for Palladio’s final masterwork: a monumental Renaissance theater constructed in the 1580s.

Take a seat in Andrea Palladio’s extraordinary Olympic Theatre and experience the stage as envisioned by one of Italy’s most famous architects. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed building is one of only three remaining Renaissance theaters and contains one of the world’s oldest surviving stage sets. Admire the theater’s intricately adorned interiors, which feature woodcarvings and stucco that imitates marble.

Enter the building via its modest stone façade and make your way into the immense cavea, or seating area. The sweeping arc of tiered seats mimics those of Ancient Roman amphitheaters and is backed by a magnificent loggia, or columned portico. A series of niches and figurines adorns the top of the colonnade, almost touching the mesmerizing sky-painted ceiling. Palladio’s breathtaking reimagining of classical architecture makes the Olympic Theatre one of his finest works. It was also his last work, as the architect died before it could be completed and the project was taken over by Vincenzo Scamozzi.

Look down on the Roman-style “scaenae frons” that spans the stage’s vast proscenium arch. Check out the central porta regia, or triumphal arch, which is flanked by two wings and niches showcasing ornate statues. One of the stage’s highlights is the trompe-lœil scenery, which was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. Dating back to the theater’s premier performance in 1585, this stage set depicts the streets of Thebes receding into the distant horizon.

Today, you might catch one of the classical music performances and concerts held at the Olympic Theatre in spring and fall. Check out the annual Vicenza Jazz Festival, Omaggio a Palladio or the Season of Classical Performances. Audience numbers are limited to 400 in order to protect the theater’s heritage value.

The Olympic Theatre is situated on Piazza Matteotti near the River Bacchiglione on the northeastern edge of Vicenza’s historic district. Reach the theater by bus or walk from the city’s main railway station in about 15 minutes. You can enter the theater for an admission fee any day of the week, except Mondays. Alternatively, attend a performance to see the theater come to life.

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Palace Hotel La Conchiglia D'Oro
Palace Hotel La Conchiglia D'Oro
4.5 out of 5
Via Bassano, 7, Vicenza
The price is AU$116 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
This family-friendly Vicenza hotel is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palazzo Chiericati, Villa Valmarana Ai Nani and Olympic Theatre. Basilica Palladiana ...
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Campo Marzio
Campo Marzio
4 out of 5
Viale Roma 21, Vicenza, VI
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The price is AU$123 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in the heart of Vicenza, this hotel is steps away from Giardini Salvi and Palazzo Porto. Cathedral of Vicenza and Basilica Palladiana are also within ...
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Campo Marzio
Relais Santa Corona
Relais Santa Corona
Contrà Santa Corona, 19, Vicenza, VI
Located in the heart of Vicenza, this guesthouse is steps away from Gallerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Olympic Theatre and Museo Civico. Palazzo Chiericati ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
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Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Relais Santa Corona
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Hotel Key
Hotel Key
3 out of 5
Viale Trissino 89, Vicenza, VI
The price is AU$109 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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Palace Hotel La Conchiglia D'Oro
Palace Hotel La Conchiglia D'Oro
4.5 out of 5
Via Bassano, 7, Vicenza
The price is AU$116 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Palace Hotel La Conchiglia D'Oro
Campo Marzio
Campo Marzio
4 out of 5
Viale Roma 21, Vicenza, VI
The price is AU$123 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Campo Marzio
Relais Santa Corona
Relais Santa Corona
Contrà Santa Corona, 19, Vicenza, VI
Relais Santa Corona
Glam Boutique Hotel
Glam Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Viale Antonio Giuriolo, 10, Vicenza, Vicenza
The price is AU$171 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Glam Boutique Hotel
Palazzo Otello 1847 Wellness & Spa
Palazzo Otello 1847 Wellness & Spa
2 out of 5
Corso Antonio Fogazzaro 4, Vicenza
The price is AU$150 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
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Mi&Ti Bed&Breakfast
Mi&Ti Bed&Breakfast
4 CONTRA PORTI, Vicenza
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Palazzo Scamozzi
Palazzo Scamozzi
3.5 out of 5
Corso palladio, 40, Vicenza
The price is AU$168 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Palazzo Scamozzi
Ca' Lou al Teatro
Ca' Lou al Teatro
Contrà delle Canove 23, Vicenza, Provincia di Vicenza
Ca' Lou al Teatro
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