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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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Don't be put off - opera in Italy is for everybody. We strolled down the Via Toledo, found the opera house, saw there was a performance on that evening so took a chance and queued at the box office for tickets. They had 40 euro and 60 euro tickets available. Don't worry about dress code - I saw only one... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

saw a recent production of "cavalleria rusticana" - the orchestra was wonderful, the acoustics superb... but i needlessly worried about the dress code and showed up in a long-sleeved shirt and tie - i thought they might not let me in because i was wearing black jeans! no chance of that happening: there were people there wearing shorts and in... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately I didn't have opportunity to see opera or ballet, but I was on excursion and saw all the theatre. Magnificent and majestic

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DERBY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

As my title says, the theatre was unexpectedly beautiful and interesting. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised by the beauty of the theatre but I was surprised at how interesting its construction and history turned out to be. The guide was very knowledgeable and her English was extremely good. She spoke very quickly and she was very animated, so it... More

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Best, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The lady-guide told the story of the theatre in a very pleasant way with lots of humor. It was very nice to hear the musicans!

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

While it may be possible to visit this theater with the tour, I highly recommend planning ahead and going to see a performance there. We saw a combination modern dance/Mozart Symphony in this space and it was wonderful. In addition, getting to see all of the locals out for a night at the opera was wildly fun. I was able... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Amazing! Well worth the visit. Tours run all through the day and run for about an hour. Tour guide very helpful and speaks good English. Pictures can also be taken during the tour.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

we took a tour through the restored opera house. Beautifully done, lovely stories and I felt like a princess when we got to sit in the Royal box.

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Oslo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I watched Mozarts reqiuem as a ballet. Stunning performance, stunning house! You could feel the history of the opera house!

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Rio de Janeiro
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As typical of Naples from the outside you don't imagine what to expect when you get in. For opera fans, like ourselves, it is a feast. A cosy and beautiful house where you have the impression Verdi, or may be Puccini, is behind the curtains controlling everything saying the music is the main point.

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