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Teatro di San Carlo

Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
+39 081 797 2468
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The Teatro di San Carlo was designed by the architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale for the monarch since Charles wanted a new and larger theatre for Naples to replace the old and dilapidated Teatro San Bartolomeo of 1621. On 12 February 1816 the San Carlo was destroyed by fire. The Theatre was re-designed by the architect Antonio Niccolini and rebuilt within ten months on order of King Ferdinand IV. In 1845 there was additional refurbishment and, by 1854, the theatre's interior appearance changed to the now-traditional red and gold.Now carefully restored to its former splendour, the San Carlo is the oldest working theatre in Europe.
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Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
+39 081 797 2468
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was happy that there was an opera playing in the month that I was going to be visiting Italy again (been 3 other times and was sol) that I scheduled my itinerary around seeing Carmen this summer :) Such a beautiful opera house, an...More

1  Thank MoreMediterranean
Reviewed 6 days ago

When visiting Napoli, don't miss the opera! Italy's oldest (built in 1737), this magnificent theatre offers an incredible experience. We took our two teenagers to their first opera - Carmen - and we all had a wonderful evening (despite being way up high on the...More

Thank JorickDunndo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The oldest opera house in europe.We had a guided tour ,tour last about 45 minutes you can see the main concert hall and then you go upstairs to view from one of the boxes and then spent sometime in the Royal box very impressive, the...More

Thank yiannos973
Reviewed 1 week ago

We managed to buy guided tour tickets which were reasonably priced. We had the most wonderful lady show us around with excellent English so we had the full benefit of all of her knowledge. The place is AMAZING and I would suggest everyone goes on...More

Thank Toni G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The theatre is beautiful, excellent opera, reasonably priced, €60 for a ticket. There is no dress code, so don't worry if like me you only have casual clothes to wear.

Thank Lancashirelass89
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I work in theatre in London and had to pay this place a visit. A fab tour and we got to see a rehearsal in the auditorium. Sadly didn't go backstage but still really enjoyable and very knowledgable guide who managed amazingly well using Italian...More

Thank Aurora L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my wife to the opera for our anniversary. We didn't get the expensive seats but not the cheapest either. Neither of us could see any of the stage from where we were sitting. We went down to the box office to try and...More

1  Thank Dwhits125
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan ahead and get tickets. We went to see Carmen which was excellent. A knowledgable local crowd with translation in English and Italian. Theatre was stunning and staff very helpful. It is also good value when compared to other Opera houses. The decor is sumptuous...More

1  Thank drrich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only if I think about this stunning place full of magic my skin goes full of chickenpoks for the emotions.. this is one of the richness of the humanity there are no words to describe it. PLEASE go to visit it

1  Thank Manuelperrotta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A performance at this opera house may be a hit or miss (I've been to a few since my first time to Naples in 1994), but the building is beautiful - despite some signs of neglect/dilapidation. The tour is about an hour and takes you...More

1  Thank Eurosailornewyork
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18 May 2017|
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Response from alexniuk | Reviewed this property |
When we visited a week ago or so they were building a set on stage so perhaps yes. I would contact them direct on telephone as they all seem to speak numerous languages.
12 April 2017|
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Response from Fröken Б |
yes, it is going to be open just for the tours
Amanda P
29 March 2017|
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Response from HVRoadWarrior | Reviewed this property |
I don't know whether the theater has an official policy regarding young children; but this being Napoli where the people adoro i bambini, I suspect that children are not officially excluded from the theater. With that said... More