Olympic Theatre: world’s most ancient indoor theatre
Masterpiece and last work by Andrea Palladio, the Olympic theatre was commissioned in February 1580 by the Olympic Academy, a partnership of prominent personalities in Vicenza related to literature, sciences, and arts, of which Palladio himself was a member. The design was inspired by the “ancient” style theatre, in the wake of Vitruvius studies revival during the Renaissance. It was also a self-celebratory work for Vicenza aristocracy, taking inspiration from the same classic ideals supported by the members of the Academy.
Official website of the Olympic Theatre of Vicenza update by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Vicenza
Winter opening times
From 1st of September to 30th of June: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am - 5pm (doors close at 4.30 pm)
Summer opening times
From 1st of July to 31st of August: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm (doors close at 5.30 pm)
The Teatro Olimpico is closed every Monday and on 25 December and 1 January.
Ufficio IAT del Comune di Vicenza (Vicenza tourist information and assistance office)
Orario di apertura al pubblico:
da settembre a giugno: tutti i giorni dalle 9 alle 17.30
luglio e agosto: tutti i giorni dalle 9 alle 18
Call Centre: +39 0444 320854
Monday to Friday 9am — 1pm, 2pm - 6pm
(closed on 25 December and 1 January)