Opera at St Marks in Florence... How long is La Traviata?

I've got tickets for La Traviata at St Mark's in Florence. The performance starts at 8:30 pm. Does anyone know how long the performance lasts? I'm trying to determine if we ned to have a late lunch before we go or if there will be time after the performance for dinner. I've got reservations at the Academy for 5:30, so my evening isn't exactly free. It wasn't my idea to cut it so close, but those were the reservations that the hotel was able to get for us, and I've heard that you can do the Academy in around an hour or so if you so choose.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
649 posts

Brent , Running time for the opera is on average 3 hours depending on the specific production and the time for two intermissions . start 8:30 end 11:30 . By " Academy " I assume you mean the Accademia Gallery . If all you have is an hour or nothing , then that will have to suffice . However , for my taste three hours in the place would be far more appropriate in that it is a great repository of Venetian Rennaissance art . Enjoy your trip !

Posted by Brent
Tucson, AZ, US
25 posts

Yes. I do mean the Accademia Gallery. And if we get into the Accademia at 5:30, then we have 2 hours to spend there, before we need to start heading down to St Mark's church. Instructions were to be at the church by 8:00pm for the 8:30 performance. Unfortunately that leaves no time for a dinner, so I was curious as to what my reasonable options were. Coincidentaly, this also happens to be the same day as my birthday. I suppose there are worse problems to have on a birthday, than how to get from one amazing experience to another in Florence.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

If you are going to the Accademia mainly to see the David, then an hour or a little more should be enough. You might want to step into the painting gallery to see the two Botticelli Madonnas, and the collection of musical instruments is wonderful. So say an hour and a half. If we were doing this we would stop into a bar for a light snack on the way to St. Mark's, and maybe step out for a glass of wine after the opera, but no dinner. We can't eat a full meal that late! sounds like a great birthday to me.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
649 posts

My deep apologies!! I shouldn't post here before my second cup of coffee !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I misread your OP and thought you were in Venice , not Florence . This isn't the first time Lola's been able to keep me on the straight and narrow . The Accademia in FLORENCE is , as she says , a different story. and the time allocation she advocates is certainly appropriate . I only saw " St Marks " and , due to caffeine deprivation , immediately thought : Venice " . Three hours in the Accademia there was my thinking . As Emily Latella ( Gilda Radner on the old SNL used to say ) , " Never Mind " . Have a great trip !

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Steven-I wondered about that, and was about to ask why the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenzi would have a fine collection of Venetian paintings. . . But I know you are more art-savvy than I and figured they must be there somewhere. Now I am motivated to visit the Accademia in Venezia and see them. And Brent can be content with the assurance that it's OK to spend only an hour or so in the Florence Accademia; he won't be missing those fine Venetian paintings!