Designed in 1580 by
Andrea Palladio for the Accademia Olimpica,
Teatro Olimpico was Palladio's last work, and the first single-standing roofed theatre building in modern history.
It is also the first
indoor theater in the world. The theater is directly across from the museum (Palazzo Chiericati) which has a tribute to Giambatista Tiepolo and
other famous renaissance painters. Your eye
will be quickly caught by the stage, at the center of which is a large arch capped by the emblem of the town. The main body of the stage represents a square, while behind it are the five
streets of Tebe, created by Scamozzi who went beyond Palladio's original intentions. Palladio however provided
Teatro Olimpico with a real sense of space and depth. The center seat (usually
reserved for nobles) offers an optical illusion as the street appears to go off into the distance quite a way.
Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza