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Teatro di San Carlo

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Address: Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Magical experience of attending an opera

No doubt it is worth visiting this sumptuous opera house just to look but if you are fortunate enough to find a performance try even to purchase the cheapest tickets in the 5th... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No doubt it is worth visiting this sumptuous opera house just to look but if you are fortunate enough to find a performance try even to purchase the cheapest tickets in the 5th tier just to enjoy the buzz.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An absolutely stunning, classical teatro still in use. Don't even think about having a company take you through here at a marked-up; simply book in advance, or walk-up in slow season, and the tour is cheap. However, I found it rather weak; 45 minutes, tops, and that's because they speak in both Italian and English, so essentially it's 20 minutes.... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make a tour in the main hall and the foyer before taking a seat for the performance. Everything will make you feel as you went back to the XVIII century.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is well worth doing - the building is beautiful and you get a chance to step into the royal box - which I doubt can be done if you are here for a performance. The tour was done in English and Italian and was very good.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you have not the luck to get ticket for a presentation, than try to take part in a guided tour of the Theatre. It´s really worth. We enjoyed to have the feeling of an old theatre and all its vibrations

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw The Marriage of Figaro here & the singing was excellent. English subtitles are provided as long as you don't mind some head bobbing reading the subtitles. The only thing to watch out for is finishing times. Our performance didn't start until 8pm & was scheduled to finished at 12.30am. Taxis are not readily available as the theatre isn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

A really good and informative tour. Wish I had more time for an actual performance. Would highly recommend the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

As you likely already know, Teatro San Carlo is the oldest running Opera house in all of Europe and it is stunning. I would highly encourage you to book ticket to a concert if youre in Naples, but if you cant then take the 30 minute tour. Our tour guide was in English. We went into the Box Suites and... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

San Carlo Theatre is a must see in Naples. It is the oldest, still functioning, opera house in Europe. Personally I am not really into opera but this building has an historical value for both opera and music. The visit was in both languages, italian and english, and the guide was very clear and attentive. She also provided some anecdotes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I was lucky to be at the Boheme this December in a lovely theatre one of the most prestigious in Europe. Highly recommended if you are in town during the season

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