HIDDEN TREASURES

Anecdotes and Curiosities about Venice and the Veneto region: secrets revealed by a tour guide

Discover, through the legends and mysteries told by our tour guide Francesca, a different side of this wonderful region.

Hidden Treasures is a weekly column on venetoinside dedicated to those who wish to learn about legends, secrets and mysteries of the hidden Venice and the Veneto region... Curated by Francesca – an expert tour guide from Venice Hidden Treasures wants to share the hidden treasures of Venice and Veneto through anecdotes, secrets, legends, mysteries and curiosities, a different and rarely discussed side of Venice, the Venetian lagoon and the Veneto region.

History and folklore, mysterious places and famous works of art, monuments and ancient traditions: our guide will open for you the doors to discover all the hidden secrets of Venice and Veneto! With an original series of stories, anecdotes and curiosities of Venice and its region, all based on a foundation of historical fact, week after week Francesca will reveal fascinating aspects of history, art, culture and the traditions of some incredible places.

Hidden Treasures is a real guide to the lesser-known Venice and Veneto to uncover the mysteries still hidden. Make yourself comfortable! Expect an exciting reading based on anecdotes, legends and hidden Venice secrets that will tantalize your curiosity even more about the city, the lagoon and its wonderful region.

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Highlights

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The scenography of the Teatro Olimpico (‘Olympic theatre’)

Vicenza is the city of Andrea Palladio (1508- 1580), one of the greatest architects of all time, especially as his classicism influenced architecture in the following centuries. The masterpiece that perhaps most of all reflects his ideals of returning to the classical age is certainly the Olympic theatre, commissioned by the Accademia Olimpica for the representation of classical plays in 1580. At Palladio's death, the theatre was completed by his pupil Vincenzo Scamozzi. The theatre was inaugurated on March 3, 1585 with a performance of Oedipus the King by Sophocles. The wooden and stucco scenes, representing the seven streets of the city of Thebes, were made by Scamozzi for this occasion. They were supposed to be used only for this representation but were never removed and, despite a fire hazard and wartime bombing, they have been miraculously preserved to this day, and are unique for their time. On the opening night they were illuminated with an original and complex artificial lighting system, devised again by Scamozzi. The Teatro Olimpico in Vincenza has been used as a set for the film 'Casanova' by Lasse Hallstrom (2005), in the scene in which the female protagonist Francesca (played by Sienna Miller) discusses equality between men and women with her university professors. The theatre still hosts plays and concerts and, in 1994, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, like other works by Palladio in Vicenza. The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza is included in our Vicenza city itinerary, one of the exciting offers developed by our guide Michela to help you discover the city of Palladio with an exclusive private guided tour!

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