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Established in 1792, Teatro La Fenice is regarded as one of the most respected venues in the history of Italian theater. Destroyed by fire three times, the theater was rebuilt, because of which it was named Teatro La Fenice (The Phoenix). Originally built by Gianantonio Selva, the later iterations were constructed by Tommaso and Giovanni Battista Meduna (1837) and Aldo Rossi (2003). Equipped with great acoustics, this premier opera house is among the best venues in town to watch superb opera performances, chamber music concerts, and ballets.
Built in the 13th Century as a confraternity, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is a historic building. It is instantly eye-catching because of the large front entrance, which opens into a small courtyard. The construction is a mix of styles from the 14th to the late 15th Century. Renovated in the 17th Century, the hall of San Giovanni was built at this time, as was the monumental staircase and the Oratory of the Cross, which is next door. Nowadays, it is mostly used as a concert hall and can only be visited with a guide on selected days of the week. It hosts major cultural events, concerts, banquets and conferences.
Teatro Malibran, founded towards the end of the 17th Century, is one of Venice's finest venues that hosts a number of artists and musicians. The building, which resembles its original structure, now has wider theater boxes, and a lengthened gallery. Located in the heart of historical center of Venice, the Malibran brings in thousands of Italy's theater-goers each year.
Teatro Toniolo puts on an annual season of shows and concerts ranging from chamber music to Italian vocalists. The acoustics are good and the theater seating is comfortable. Its only drawback, shared by the whole city, is the lack of free parking - try the pay-garage in Piazzale Candiani.