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Visit Teatro La Fenice, the opera house in Venice

Teatro La Fenice

Visit the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the special Phoenix opera house. Watch an opera performance or take a tour in the theater.

Info & Visit Teatro La Fenice

Location Campo S. Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia

You have two options to visit the theater:

Option 1: The most unique experience is attending an opera performance. On the website of the theater you will find the program and there you can also book tickets online. Make sure that you choose a performance in the main hall of the theater. Tickets for major performances usually cost between 99 and 200 euros.

Option 2: A tour in the theater with an audio guide

  • Daily from 9:30 am to a minimum of 1:30 pm (will close many days at 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm, depending on rehearsals in the venue)
  • Online skip-the-line tickets + audio guide 12.65 € (book online) / students up to 26 years and 65+ 9.20 €

Visit La Fenice Theater in Venice

The Teatro La Fenice is located in the district San Marco in the center of Venice. The theater is located on an island surrounded by the canals Rio della Veste, Rio de la Verona and Rio de l'Barcaroli . From the outside, the theater looks less imposing than many of the other historic buildings in Venice, although at nightfall the street lamps on both corners and the lighting in the building create a fairytale atmosphere. But appearances can be deceiving, because as soon as you will enter the front doors of the theater, you will enter another world.

Once inside the La Fenice theater there isn't really a single element that stands out, everything impresses. From the authentic chairs to the gigantic chandeliers and from the applied colors on the walls and decorations to the ceiling with angels hovering above you. From warm oranges and reds, to sky blues and greens and the many accents in gold, this theater is a real treat for your senses.

Theater in VeniceThe most beautiful theater in the world?
Teatro la FeniceTeatro la Fenice, modest from the outside

History of Teatro La Fenice

The first theater on this site opened its doors in 1792. Indeed, the first theatre, because in the centuries that followed, this building in Venice experienced several fires. That very first construction also caused quite a bit of protest from the local population, because much more money was spent on it than had been planned in advance.

In 1836, however, the theater was rebuilt after the first fire and fortunately a part was saved, so that original elements had survived. The theater was also renovated in the 19th century, but it was mainly about adding more kinds of decorative elements. The decorative style changed regularly, from neo-classical to baroque and rococo. In 1996 there was a second fire, which was much more destructive. Money to restore the theater to its former glory was quickly found and so the rebuilding of the Phoenix theater began. In 2003 La Fenice was able to open its doors again and is now together with the La Scala theater in Milan the most famous theater in Italy.

Architecture and opera

You will enjoy visiting this theater just because of the architectural and artistic value it has, but you can also experience an opera or another performance here. During a daytime visit – without a show or concert – you can use the audio guide (tickets and info), which will give you all kinds of interesting information. Those who really love La Fenice can visit the souvenir shop for a souvenir of this fantastic theater.

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