Teatro La Fenice
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This landmark theatre (the name means “phoenix”) has risen from the ashes three times, and some of the most famous operas in the world have premiered on its sta
Long-regarded as one of the great theatres in Europe, La Fenice is the stage on which many a grand opera has premiered, including La bohème, La traviata and Rigoletto. The current theatre is the fourth incarnation, after fires in 1774, 1836 and 1996 destroyed earlier structures. The present theatre is a painstaking re-creation of the 19th-century La Fenice, though the façade dates to the 1700s. Access is via guided tour only, during which visitors learn about the theatre’s fiery past and its role in the history of opera and performing arts.
Time Out tip: Experiencing a live performance at La Fenice is simply unforgettable. The season, which includes opera, orchestral performances and ballet, runs from June through October—so time your visit right and reserve tickets well in advance.
The Merchant of Venice: For perfume, glass art and posh only-in-Venice gifts
Taverna La Fenice: For a pre-opera dinner in a setting almost as ornate as the theatre itself
VinoVino Wine Bar: For a late-night drink or snack after the show