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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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Wonderful theatre with a great history

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The San Carlo Opera House in Naples was to be my first visit there and it became a prize for all senses unforgettable ever. The place is Art Pure,History, a jewel to the eyes, to the ears a delight of sounds. I was attending the performance of Turandot by Puccini, that I had familiarity with but the elegant location made... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Although expecting to see the beautiful theatre, the guided tour was a very pleasant addition to the attraction. The guide was brilliant and very passionate about both the theatre and his city. Lots of information given and all very interesting! €5 well spent!

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had a guided tour in English and Italian, the guide was funny and very knowledgeable, We didn't think we would enjoy the visit so much! Besides it was very cheap for the lenght of the visit. A must if in Napoli city center.

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

you can have an experience of the artistic value and history in Naples if you succed in booking a performance at S. Carlo theatre!

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Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

With a history going back to 1737 and having Rossini and Donizetti as former artistic directors, the San Carlo has a superb tradition, especially in bel canto repertoire. Worth visiting no matter when the opera is Italian or not. The orchestra is excellent. The seats in the parterre section are also the most comfortable and spacious of any of the... More 

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rural texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Dazzling interior on red, silver and ivory. Excellent acoustics,Saw Il Trovatore. Not quite up to Met standards but delightful.

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

To see the theatre, other than for a performance, you have to take the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The theatre itself is wonderful. You can imagine it lit with candles and 18th century theatre goers all dressed up.

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The greatest and most beautiful Theatre in Europe. Without a doubt the atmosphere is splendid, history all around the theatre. THE BEST!

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