About Teatro La Fenice
The name La Fenice translates to "The Pheonix" and is a perfectly fitting moniker for this opera house that has been rebuilt from ash twice over during its existence. First in 1836 and again in 1996, this opera house was reduced to ashes in a mysterious fire. Venice without La Fenice was unimaginable hence, 90 million euro worth of donations poured in enabling its reconstruction and reopening in 2003.
During its golden years, this majestic opera has hosted world-renowned maestros like Verdi, Donizetti, Abbado, Muti and Chung, Rossini, Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti and Bellini.
Teatro La Fenice was a space for Venice's cultural elite before its fire stints after which it became a monumental attraction. Today, this complex beauty is amongst Italy's most celebrated monuments and rightly so.
Your audio guide will walk you through the tragic stories of Teatro La Fenice, about the architects who built this masterpiece and stories of legendary musicians whose melancholy still echoes in the walls of the opera house. When you walk in, soak in the opulence of this wonder; the plush seats, the stuccos and gold plated ceilings and walls, the Baroque elements and gilded private balconies. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed with awe.
Watching an opera here is highly recommended. Do check the opera schedule before you book your tickets to squeeze in a show along with the tour.