The Teatrino di Vetriano in Lucca is the smallest theater in the world

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Not everyone knows, but the smallest theater in the world is located in Italy. More precisely in Vetriano, in the province of Lucca.

Owned by the FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano and included in the Guinness World Records Book, the Teatrino di Vetriano is nothing more than an ancient barn in the Lucchesia mountains, transformed at the end of the nineteenth century into a 71 square meter theater with 60 seats in the stalls and 20 on two rows of balconies.



It is truly a small jewel, located on the Apennines that touch Lucca. There is a fascinating story about him, the highlight of which is 1889: it was then that the engineer Virgilio Biagini entrusted to the community of Vetriano, mainly peasant, a barn to be transformed into a theater. The inhabitants welcomed that donation with great joy, and formed the "Società Paesana" with which they gave life to the theater.

In just one year, thanks to the contribution of all the Vetriano Theater came to life: the stage was created with its neoclassical decorations and the first shows began to be staged, usually works in prose and musical comedies written and performed by the community itself. To attend the shows, people had to bring their chairs from home, but the charm of that place and the joy of all the inhabitants were enough.

Over the years, however, the Teatrino was abandoned and became unusable until in 1997 Biagini's heirs donated it to FAI, who restored it and took care of it. Today, entertaining shows are staged here in front of a public of maximum 85 people: the stage is like the nineteenth-century one, with its 5.5 x 5.5 meters and the frescoed curtain depicting an allegory of the arts (dating back to the end of the nineteenth century, it was recovered thanks to the work of local artists), while under the theater they were created two dressing rooms for make-up, a small tailor's shop and a store for stage costumes.



On the program, at the Teatrino di Vetriano (supported by numerous donations, as reported by the carved wooden flowers at the base of the stalls), there are every year brilliant comedies, tragedies, concerts, reductions of operas. All to be enjoyed immersed in a magical atmosphere, which smells of history and the past.



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