Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice
4.5
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This world famous opera house, burned to the ground in 1996, has been rebuilt amongst much scandal and drama: its modern beauty and complex history ensure its place among the most celebrated monuments in Italian history.
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Neighbourhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful interior (though not that old)
    This is a fairly stunning theatre. The opulence and detail are fairly fantastic. La Fenice means “the phoenix” and this theatre has some history of that. I wonder if naming it “the phoenix” when they built it in 1792 was a wise decision....since three major fires have damaged it since being built. The most recent fire was a total gutting except for the exterior framing in 1996 so the current version you see is not old but at least they carefully tried to reconstruct it to its original design. Either way, it’s quite a sight.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • VacationTraveler_K
    Dallas, Texas123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful - just like in a period movie scene
    Beautifully reconstructed interior! Gold everywhere in the theater and marble in the lobby. Really a beautiful place to take in a show. The balconies are essentially all boxes, mostly having ~4 seats in each. Front row of the box is really the only way to be sure you can see the stage, and those seats are priced a bit higher than the second row. Second row are higher stools (with a back) to help with seeing over the first row…but your feet will be perched on the chair rung and won’t reach the floor if you choose the 2nd row. If you know your box companions you could move the chairs around a bit to try to get everyone a nice view. Opt for a box closest to the center for the best viewing angle. Bathrooms are fairly small but the line moved quickly. We had a bit of trouble finding our seats as the staff were spread a bit too thin, but all in all it was managed without too much issue. Arrive 15 to 20 min before the show. If you have time to spare you can enjoy a drink at the bar on the 2nd floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • SydneyTraveller
    402 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful theatre with interesting audio guide
    This theatre was even more beautiful than I imagined and the audio guide was quite interesting and the audio tour was easy to follow through the rooms and not too long. Even my teenagers were interested. Just be aware that you need a physical identity document with you (Eg passport, driver’s licence) in order to get the audio guide, as they hold onto this document and hand it back when you return the audio guide.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Dennis L
    Anchorage, Alaska27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking and rich history
    The audio guide was a great way to learn about to the theater. I can’t explain in words how beautiful the theater was. The ornate decoration and fine details was exquisite. We got to see them setting up for a show that was later in the evening so that was a nice added bonus.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • CMC
    816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Teatro La Fenice, in May
    Visited on a Wednesday mid afternoon, short wait in queue to buy tickets. Sit in the stalls and look up at all the details. Go upstairs and view from balcony boxes. Impressive building. There is a small gift shop at the entrance, spent just over an hour here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom707 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quiet (and beautiful) place to visit
    A quiet place to visit in Venice without too many people. The theatre has beautiful interiors, and the audio guide explains its history very well. Our visit was less than an hour long, and it was a nice break as you don’t need to walk a lot around the theatre and most of the time you are listening to the audio guide seated.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Geminican
    San Jose, California2,098 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of good venues to enjoy Italian opera.
    The building itself is beautiful. There are many beautiful theaters in Italy, so visit at least one if you can. Alternatively, a good way to view the building is to attend a show. This venue is dedicated mainly for Italian opera. Italian opera is world famous. Tickets sold out quickly so advanced reservation is highly recommended. You don't have to purchase tickets from a third-party travel platform, you can purchase directly from Teatro Le Fenice's official website, the advantage is you can see date & show name. This theater rotates/alternates its opera shows. I showed up last minute at the box office 30 minutes before the show started and was very lucky to grab the last remaining ticket, probably it's during the slower tourist season and on a weekday. You don't have to understand Italian to enjoy the show. They have English subtitles projected on the screen on the top of the stage with big fonts, so you can easily see from any seats. Their singing, acting, and custom is world class with excellent quality. NYC's Broadway and London's West End plays and musicals are great. The Italian opera is similar to that and even more. The Italian opera takes it to another level in a sense that they sing all lines throughout the entire show, there is no talking/conversation like pure plays or musicals with a mix of singing and talking. These singing actors and actress are amazing. Imagine how much effort they put in to practicing and preparing to perform their best in front of you? And there is a symphony live playing the music. After attending an Italian opera at Teatro Le Fenice, I felt I saw a wonderful play, musical, opera, plus a symphony orchestra all in one. If you are looking for evening activities while in Venice, attending an opera can be a good option, and you would not go wrong with Teatro Le Fenice. The entire team/staff are helpful and very easy to work with. They did their best to help me locate my seat. They also did the same for others.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Hilary S
    Canterbury, United Kingdom119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the entrance price to learn about the history of La Fenice and see the opulent interior.
    The audio tour of Teatro La Fenice was well worth doing despite not being able to go in the auditorium (due to a technical rehearsal for upcoming Tales of Hoffmann and the ballroom (talk being given to Italian students). Actually being able to watch the technical rehearsal from the gilded splendour of the Royal Box was wonderful. I also enjoyed seeing the wooden model of the original theatre, the Maria Callas exhibition and having brunch in the restored room that houses the bar. We booked and paid for our tickets online, before we left UK, but there was no need as in November there are no queues. As we have never managed to be in Venice for any performances at La Fenice this tour was the next best thing and I'm glad to have seen the interior at last.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Raj N
    293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! What an experience!
    Wow! What an experience - we visited on a rainy day in Venice. The queue was minimal, less than 10min to queue up. The audio guide is brilliant and everything is well sign posted with plenty of seating so you can take in the atmosphere and listen to the audio guide. There's a nice little cafe on the third floor where you can take a pitstop, overall I would factor in 90mins on your visit
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Laurene M
    389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Historic Opera House!
    This beautiful opera house has a multitude of box seats, and orchestra seating. I would not recommend a tour of this theater, but if one loves music and can afford the relatively high price of the tickets, this venue can offer a very enjoyable night out. We bought one of the more reasonable tickets in a box above the orchestra for the opera. Thankfully, most of the performance and subtitles were visible from where we sat. The audience was dressed in a variety of ways, some very formal and others very casual. However, the theater glittered with beautiful lighting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was my first visit to an opera house and it did not disappoint. So pretty inside. You don't need a lot of time to visit all the levels.
Written 14 May 2024
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Laurene M
San Francisco, CA389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This beautiful opera house has a multitude of box seats, and orchestra seating. I would not recommend a tour of this theater, but if one loves music and can afford the relatively high price of the tickets, this venue can offer a very enjoyable night out. We bought one of the more reasonable tickets in a box above the orchestra for the opera. Thankfully, most of the performance and subtitles were visible from where we sat. The audience was dressed in a variety of ways, some very formal and others very casual. However, the theater glittered with beautiful lighting.
Written 3 May 2024
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Raj N
293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wow! What an experience - we visited on a rainy day in Venice. The queue was minimal, less than 10min to queue up.
The audio guide is brilliant and everything is well sign posted with plenty of seating so you can take in the atmosphere and listen to the audio guide.
There's a nice little cafe on the third floor where you can take a pitstop, overall I would factor in 90mins on your visit
Written 26 March 2024
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Cyfugi
480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful inside, with lots of history and itricate detail. Recommend getting audio book as it gives lots of insight in to the building over the years.
Written 19 March 2024
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Sarah B
Whitby, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing performance and evening
We had a box and it was a great experience, worth every penny
If you are trying to decide then book up early
Written 12 February 2024
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Hilary S
Canterbury, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The audio tour of Teatro La Fenice was well worth doing despite not being able to go in the auditorium (due to a technical rehearsal for upcoming Tales of Hoffmann and the ballroom (talk being given to Italian students). Actually being able to watch the technical rehearsal from the gilded splendour of the Royal Box was wonderful. I also enjoyed seeing the wooden model of the original theatre, the Maria Callas exhibition and having brunch in the restored room that houses the bar. We booked and paid for our tickets online, before we left UK, but there was no need as in November there are no queues. As we have never managed to be in Venice for any performances at La Fenice this tour was the next best thing and I'm glad to have seen the interior at last.
Written 18 December 2023
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Geminican
San Jose, CA2,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
The building itself is beautiful. There are many beautiful theaters in Italy, so visit at least one if you can.
Alternatively, a good way to view the building is to attend a show.
This venue is dedicated mainly for Italian opera. Italian opera is world famous.
Tickets sold out quickly so advanced reservation is highly recommended.
You don't have to purchase tickets from a third-party travel platform, you can purchase directly from Teatro Le Fenice's official website, the advantage is you can see date & show name. This theater rotates/alternates its opera shows.

I showed up last minute at the box office 30 minutes before the show started and was very lucky to grab the last remaining ticket, probably it's during the slower tourist season and on a weekday.

You don't have to understand Italian to enjoy the show. They have English subtitles projected on the screen on the top of the stage with big fonts, so you can easily see from any seats.

Their singing, acting, and custom is world class with excellent quality.

NYC's Broadway and London's West End plays and musicals are great. The Italian opera is similar to that and even more. The Italian opera takes it to another level in a sense that they sing all lines throughout the entire show, there is no talking/conversation like pure plays or musicals with a mix of singing and talking.
These singing actors and actress are amazing. Imagine how much effort they put in to practicing and preparing to perform their best in front of you?
And there is a symphony live playing the music.
After attending an Italian opera at Teatro Le Fenice, I felt I saw a wonderful play, musical, opera, plus a symphony orchestra all in one.

If you are looking for evening activities while in Venice, attending an opera can be a good option, and you would not go wrong with Teatro Le Fenice.

The entire team/staff are helpful and very easy to work with. They did their best to help me locate my seat. They also did the same for others.

Written 17 November 2023
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A quiet place to visit in Venice without too many people. The theatre has beautiful interiors, and the audio guide explains its history very well. Our visit was less than an hour long, and it was a nice break as you don’t need to walk a lot around the theatre and most of the time you are listening to the audio guide seated.
Written 9 November 2023
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divakern
Rock Hill, SC730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We downloaded the app for the self-guided tour. The signs were clear and descriptions very good. It was a great experience to see the inside of this historic opera house.
Written 30 September 2023
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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited on a Wednesday mid afternoon, short wait in queue to buy tickets. Sit in the stalls and look up at all the details. Go upstairs and view from balcony boxes. Impressive building. There is a small gift shop at the entrance, spent just over an hour here.
Written 27 September 2023
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