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Vicenza is unique: a town full of buildings by Andrea Palladio, the architect whose designs influenced the whole of the western world. But one of the most spectacular buildings is the Teatro Olimpico, Palladio’s last design, completed after his death by Vincenzo Scamozzi. 
Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
The magnificent stage scenery of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza

The Teatro Olimpico was designed to resemble a Roman theatre, and inside you will see auditorium style seating and statues everywhere. But the real stroke of genius is the tromp l’oeil stage scenery, with seven passages built into it. Each passage resembles a classical street, cleverly painted to appear to stretch into the distance, allowing actors to emerge from shops and houses and onto the stage.

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