Teatro La Fenice#4 in Best Things To Do in Venice
The Teatro La Feniceis one of Italy's most popular opera houses, and one that has almost faced its demise from not one, but three big fires since opening in 1792. Locals and visitors alike joke at the name (which translates to Theater of the Phoenix), and how it has coincides with the theater's unfortunate history: like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, La Fenice has lived on.
Although recently renovated, it still has an Old World feel with decadent, intricately designed gold interiors outfitted with plush, red velvet chairs, making it the perfect setting to take in the auditory/visual pleasure of classic Italian opera. There are also a variety of dance – particularly ballet – and music performances scheduled throughout the year. For those with a tight itinerary, the theater offers day tours.
Recent visitors reported being taken by the magnificent architecture in La Fenice, noting that the complimentary audio guide provided with the tour was interesting and informative. Some stressed that future travelers should make sure to see the theater from all angles (on the ground and atop the boxes) during their visit. Those who attended a show were not disappointed either, with a few theatergoers saying it was some of the best opera they had ever seen.
You'll find the Teatro La Fenicein San Marco, about a 5-minute walk from Piazza San Marco. The theater is open daily for tours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices for tours are 10 euros for adults (about $11.80) and 7 euros (about $8.30) for students 26 and younger. For more information, visit the Teatro La Fenice's website.
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#1 St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. The church was built in honor of St. Mark the evangelist, whose remains were stolen from their home in Alexandria, Egypt, and hidden in barrels of pork and cabbage leaves by a couple crafty Venetians, intent on bringing him to rest in Venice.
Crafted from many different styles of architecture, today its opulence shines from nearly every corner – from the four bronze horses that guard the entrance to thousands of square feet of mosaics to the Pala d'Oro. If you look closely at the church's center gable, you can see a statue of St. Mark along with Venice's emblem: a lion with wings.
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