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Seating Plan & Practical Advice when attending La Fenice Opera House, Venice

The Venice La Fenice Opera season runs for most of the year, only closing for the latter half of July and most of August in the heat of the summer. The schedule is normally released around August time and runs from November to October; however, this does vary depending on the organisation of the Teatro La Fenice team.

The Venice opera house has five main levels of seating. The Stalls (red on the schematic below) are considered the best seats in the house as they are on the ground, then the 1st & 2nd Tier boxes (blue), followed by the 3rd Tier box (green), then the Circle (orange) and finally the Upper Circle (yellow). The 1st and 2nd Tier Boxes have some restrictions if you are not in the front row, as do the 3rd Tier. The Circle and Upper Circle are the highest points of Teatro La Fenice.

The operas and ballets usually start at 7 pm; however, some of the performances are matinees and begin around 3.30 pm.

Your Teatro La Fenice tickets will be provided as part of your travel pack, which you will need to take to the Box Office 1 hour prior to the performance. You must be in your seating at least 30 minutes prior to the performance starting.

We guarantee that you will seated together with all your travel companions for your special event.

Please note you are not permitted to take photographs or video once the performance has begun.

Whilst only the Stall seats are on the ground level, all can be accessed for those with reduced mobility and/or wheelchair requirements. Two seats in the Stalls and four in all other areas (subject to availability) are designated for disabled access and seating.

Please note this must be notified at time of booking so that La Fenice can book these special seats. If you are travelling with a disabled person in a wheelchair, there is a discount where the disabled person goes for free and their companion pays full price for their own ticket.

The dress code depends on when your Venice La Fenice performance takes place. If you are going on the opening night of the season, then black tie (tuxedo) is recommended. For the other premier nights of each of the operas, a black dress for the ladies and jacket and tie for the men is expected.

It provides the perfect opportunity to dress in style! If your performance is a matinee afternoon, the dress code is more relaxed and reverts to smart/casual, however, even then shorts and sleeveless t-shirts will not be allowed.

Depending on the season you travel to Venice, you may need to bring a coat with you. In winter months an average temperature of 7c is to be expected, in autumn 12c, spring 17c and summer around 28c and hotter. Unlikely many of the other opera houses, La Fenice can be visited during the day on either a guided tour (which must be pre-booked) or the more popular self-guided audio tour. The libretto along with the music and other souvenirs can be purchased from the gift shop.

As the Venice Opera House is an indoor venue, the performance will always go ahead.

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