Venice Theaters Overview

Teatro alle Tese - Theater in Venice

After strolling down the beautiful hidden streets and ambling along the stunning canals, what could put a better cap on the day than checking out a show at a Venice theater?

The city being the size that it is, you aren’t going to be overwhelmed with options, but will certainly find some of the theaters in Venice to be just as beautiful as, well, everything else in this town. Gran Teatro La Fenice (“The Phoenix”) is the most modern Venice theater, and the venue is certainly aptly named given it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt twice since first opening in the 1790s. If you’re into catching some opera, Fenice is the place to do it, although opera is really the cornerstone of most of the theaters in Venice.

Tourists looking for a fun way to learn about Venice need only go to Teatro San Gallo, which every night features a show called “Venezia” chronicling a thousand years of Venice history, while those in the mood for something more avant-garde should check out the calendar at La Biennale, a theater known for promoting new artistic trends and contemporary arts and for hosting the Venice International Film Festival.

Lovers of dance would be wise to make their way to Teatro alle Tese inside the historic Venice Arsenale. Tese is easily the top theater in Venice for modern dance productions, and the beautiful open space in which it is located actually began life as a place where sails for boats were stretched way back in the 16th Century. How cool is that?

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