La Fenice, which means phoenix in Italian, is an appropriate name for this famous Venetian theatre. It has a history of fires since its inauguration in 1792 and was most recently reopened in 2003. As it’s located in Venice, this naturally imposed restrictions to the architecture, but there are benefits! The theatre has two facades – one facing the canal, and one the street, giving guests the option to arrive by gondola or by foot. It has been renovated and improved in stages, each fixing a moment in history: for example, the royal box was built for Napoleon, and the austere vestibules were renovated under Mussolini. The theatre’s style is now mostly a blend of neoclassical and baroque. It is also a theatre of historic premieres – Rossini’s Tancredi, Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi and five works by Verdi. Visit to experience dazzling Venetian history, or a spectacular opera.