The Teatro Alessandro Manzoni is a historic theater in Pistoia. The current appearance of the building, erected in the 17th century, is the result of a restoration in 1863.
Alessandro Manzoni Theater Pistoia
Address, Opening Hours and Admission
The address of the Alessandro Manzoni Theater is 121 Corso Antonio Gramsci – 51100 Pistoia (tel. +39 0573991609). Opening hours and admission price: Depending on the event.
History Manzoni Theatre Pistoia
The Teatro Manzoni was built towards the end of the 17th century on a site where wool was formerly processed. The client for its construction was Filippo Rospigliosi, who gave it to the Humiliati Brotherhood.
Later it was given to the city of Pistoia.
In 1677, the Accademia dei Risvegliati (“Academy of the Reawakened”) was founded in the city. The founder of this association, which included just about the entire nobility of Pistoia, was Felice Cancellieri. They were quickly authorized to build the (then) Teatro dei Risvegliati.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the building was restored several times, but its current appearance was only obtained after a reconstruction in 1863.
In 1864 it was rebaptised and from then on it was known as the Teatro Alessandro Manzoni, named after the novelist (and later also politician). Manzoni is mostly famous for his masterpiece I Promessi Sposi (translated into English as “The Betrothed”).
Towards the mid-30s of the 20th century, the facade was renovated under the direction of the architect Manfredini.