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Teatro di San Carlo

Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
+39 081 797 2468
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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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Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
+39 081 797 2468
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we visited the theatre. We had a fantastic guided tour, the lady has a great knowledge of the structre,history and place. She has a good command on english and Italian. Not a single time we felt that she was giving more information to others. Highly...More

Thank Maithili D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour of this amazing opera house is excellent, and even in Italian it is possible to basically make out what the guide is saying. There is a nice coffee shop/bar that has good air conditioning that you can wait in before the tour...More

Thank Joe O
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place full of historical interest and a beautiful interior with a wow decoration. English speaking guide was helpful and made the tour interesting

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The theatre itself is impressive! You have to do a guided tour and they don't run very many English speaking ones, so check the timetable. Lots of other things to see in the area while you wait. There's an English / Italiano one that runs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This sumptuous theatre is amazing in its magnificence and in its mix of red and gold, I really liked the guided tour (it doesn't last a lot, but it is interesting because you can discover the history and some anecdotes of this place).

Thank TheNike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to a performance of the Ballet at this theatre and were very impressed with the grandeur of the place. The decor is stunning. You can do a tour of the theatre too but we preferred to attend a performance. The tickets were reasonably...More

1  Thank crayolp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you just peek your head in it's worth it. We were lucky enough to see a show but it is not always open, check the schedule

1  Thank j0hnandjamie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a tour that lasted just under an hour. We were lucky enough to visit while there were some ballet rehearsals going on. The tour guide spoke both English and Italian and was very knowledgable about the history of the theatre. We got to...More

1  Thank LauraChappers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was happy that there was an opera playing in the month that I was going to be visiting Italy again (been 3 other times and was sol) that I scheduled my itinerary around seeing Carmen this summer :) Such a beautiful opera house, an...More

2  Thank MoreMediterranean
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting Napoli, don't miss the opera! Italy's oldest (built in 1737), this magnificent theatre offers an incredible experience. We took our two teenagers to their first opera - Carmen - and we all had a wonderful evening (despite being way up high on the...More

1  Thank JorickDunndo
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Maithili D
1 August 2017|
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Response from MoreMediterranean | Reviewed this property |
I didn't use a guide or go on a 'tour' ... I went to the Opera to see Carmen.
19 May 2017|
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Response from alexniuk | Reviewed this property |
When we visited a week ago or so they were building a set on stage so perhaps yes. I would contact them direct on telephone as they all seem to speak numerous languages.
13 April 2017|
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Response from Fröken Б |
yes, it is going to be open just for the tours