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La Fenice Opera House

Tour the lavish interior of one of Italy's most prestigious music venues then enjoy an evening of classic or experimental opera.

To experience an operatic performance at La Fenice Opera House is to watch some of the world's best singers in a lavishly decorated auditorium. The 18th-century theater is one of Europe's premier locations for the introduction of new operas. Performing at La Fenice Opera House helped launch the careers of Verdi and Rossini. Among the operatic stars to have graced its stage are Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.

The English translation of the venue's name is “the phoenix” and it has lived up to its mythical namesake by rising from the ashes of three fires. Each time, the building has been restored to its original splendor. The last reconstruction began in 2001; the designers studied photographs and the first few minutes of a 1950s film which had been shot there.  

Before watching an operatic spectacle, take the time to marvel at your surroundings. Look up at the beautiful ceiling with its large chandelier and the carvings of cherubs. Appreciate the ornate decor of the rows of private boxes. Note the extensive gold leaf work throughout the auditorium. For a supplementary fee, go on a guided tour of the theater. They take place during the day and include backstage areas and the royal box.

For details of opera, ballet, classical and chamber music performances, visit the official website of La Fenice Opera House. See if there are any experimental performances scheduled during your visit. The opera house has a program which supports young composers. Tours take place from morning until early evening and there are various options available, including with an English speaking guide or audio guide. 

La Fenice Opera House is less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Piazza San Marco. If you are driving to the city, park in one of the parking garages at Piazzale Roma. To reach the theater from the water, take a ferry to Santa Maria del Giglio.


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    Located in San Polo, this luxury hotel is steps away from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 18 minutes by foot.

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      Located in San Marco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica. St. Mark's Square and St Mark's Campanile are also within 5 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 23 minutes by foot.

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        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps away from Santa Maria del Giglio, La Fenice Opera House and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 28 minutes by foot.

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          NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci RM753
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          NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci

             
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