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Address: Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081 797 2468
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Description: The Teatro di San Carlo was designed by the architects Giovanni Antonio...
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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Stunning theatre

Stunning theatre. Was very lucky to see L'isola Disabitata here. The surroundings are so ornate & stunningly beautiful. Wonderful experience & next time will also do the tour of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Godstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Stunning theatre. Was very lucky to see L'isola Disabitata here. The surroundings are so ornate & stunningly beautiful. Wonderful experience & next time will also do the tour of the rest of the rooms.

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staines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very short tour with rather a generic feel to it rattling off facts first in Italian and then rather perfunctory English version without any feeling. Amazing building but hope for a guide who cares. Ended very abruptly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Our cruise ship docked at 18:20 hours, and we walked briskly from the port to the theatre, arriving 20 minutes later, just in time to get two tickets to two side-by-side boxes on the 3rd balcony (front row in each box). Not cheap, but this was our one chance in a lifetime to see a great opera in the oldest... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We secured tickets for an English tour which turned out to be a combined Italian English tour so we needed to hear the very animated Italian presentation before the English. We were not allowed to enter the orchestra area or back stage as a rehearsal of a Verdi opera was taking place. Instead we were taken to the Royal Box... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Although the rest of the guided tour is not that interesting, the visit to the performancehall is worth the visit. What a beautiful theatre.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A must see when in Naples. Close to the historic centre. Before booking a Naples trip try to ensure that there is something happening at this theatre. Spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great visit to a great theatre with a great guide. There's nothing more to say about it. Good and clear explanation, time for pictures, time for questions, ... it was just bang on. For free with ArteCard.

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Cottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Did a guided tour of this theatre. The Guide spoke very good English and was very enthusiastic about her subject.It is very ornate and grand! Would love to see an opera there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Discover the great stories and architecture of the oldest theatre of Europe by attending a guided tour for only 6 euro's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We got very lucky as our tour coincided with a dress rehearsal of a ballet taking place in the teatro. While we didn't therefore see the theatre in bright lights or from the ground floor, we were in the royal box and got a taste of the real experience! The guide was funny in an unintended way, spoke a million... More 

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