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Teatro di San Carlo

Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132 Naples, Italy
+39 081 797 2468
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Ranked #5 of 222 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Operas, Theaters, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were here during a one day stopover on a cruise. The Opera House and other historic buildings are all within an easy 20 minute walk of the cruise terminal. We chanced upon a tour when we arrived just after 11.30am and the 30 minute tour had just begun. The guide, who spoke in both Italian and English, was extremely... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Use the available tour guides to tour the Theatre, it is a must see in Naples. The tour lasts around 30 minutes and costs around 6 EUR and it is worth every cent. It is explained in both English and Italian the origins of the theatre and the importance it had for Naples as capital of the former kingdom. The... More

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Las Salinas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This theatre is stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. We went to see cavalleria rusticana which was good though the orchestra completely outshone the singers. A very talented pit. Would have loved to have toured te theatre to learn a little more. Just stunning

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Novorossiysk, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Unfortunately there's not too much to see during August, but just the building was quite impressive! Besides it's close to Umberto I Gallery, so it was impossible to miss it.

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Pitesti, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a 30 ' guided tour.The interior is elegant and acoustic is impressive. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the royal box and to backstage.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The theatre is beautiful and the tour guide spoke in English and then Italian. You get to hear about the history of the theatre as well as having a tour of the stalls and the Royal Box. It was worth the €5 for the 1hour tour. If you buy your ticket and have to wait, you can walk straight through... More

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Valdagno, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have seen the performance of "Cavalleria Rusticana" The theater is very nice inside, Outside is a little anonimous!

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We went to opera, but with taxi....20€ for 5min ride! Take bus .. teatro was great, beautifull...preformance also..we didn t understand opera but we found on intetnet trans.on english. Great experience, bit expensive 40€ ticket but we loved it. There are restaurants in front and caffe bars.. great location.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Absolutely worth a visit. Make sure you get your tickets for the tour from the box office before you go in!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Beautiful, though like much of Naples, under scaffold ok by and renovation. Some lovely little cafes inside.

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