Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous opera houses in Europe and landmark in the history of Italian theatre. Especially in the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers - Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were performed.

Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to 'rise from the ashes' despite losing the use of three theatres to fire, the first in 1774 after the city's leading house was destroyed and rebuilt but not opened until 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire was the result of arson. It destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004.

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Founded: 1774
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Mihai Tutu (2 months ago)
Astonishing. This is how I can describe this place. It might not be so attractive from the outside as being just a theatre. But inside, it is a great place to visit. It's history makes you think how things grow old and stay truly stylish. You can visit it for 11 euros per person, with no reservations in advance. You get an audio guide which is very comprehensive. Stay in each room and try to get into the atmosphere of the time. Listen to the history. You will go back in time. Really great!
Jan Stowisek (3 months ago)
I had already seen several historical opera houses (Vienna, Paris, Milano) and thought I wouldn't be impressed. I was wrong. Definitely worth seeing, if only for the 'royal box' and the amazing chandelier. I took the self-guided audio tour (app) and enjoyed learning about the history of the place.
Duo Bu (3 months ago)
Beautiful place with curiosities and history. Original contracts, letters and pictures of the great Maria Callas. Need a private or a virtual guide.
Patrizia U. (5 months ago)
Stunning place. The cradle of classic music and theater. Built in 1835 survived 2 fires and now it can be visited in all its glory and completely refurbished since 2003. Either you go for a show or you just want to see this place for its architectural value. It is worth it. The engineering and artistic flair is really incredible. Do take a virtual guided tour it is included in the price.
Ariel Sergio Goekmen (5 months ago)
Beautiful Opera House, where many of the classic operas we still play today had their first performance, reminds of la Scala, but scala is thought to be the first house in Italy, either followed by Naples or Venice, depending on the taste - in any case, a place to visit for the Opera aficionado
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