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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 via mobile

I attanded a ballet show there yesterday. Everything was excellent. The seats weren't as comfortable as I wanted them to be. I sat in a balcony, it was a perfect place i'd totally recommend it for people. Here's the theater seating map. The circled place...More

Thank AsmaZaher
Reviewed 4 days ago

Bought tickets for 7€ per person from the booking office at the side of the front entrance. We went for the 12.30 tour, which was in English & Italian, very factual and interesting. It's such an amazing place to see its well worth it to...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The orchestra and choir are quite good, so happen to be the singers, but the problem is the audience - people keep talking all the time and the employees of the theatre don't give a damn. Pity, because it's hard to follow the opera. A...More

Thank Tadeusz M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour here is really just an excuse to be able to walk through a spectacular theater when you can't get opera tickets. We did learn a lot from the tour guide, who was impressively bilingual, about the acoustics and history of the theater. We...More

Thank Shawn H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to take the guided tour, it nice and they tell you a lot of interesting little facts. It only cost €7 and it's really nice to plan on a warm afternoon. They have a nice coffebar to have a coffe before the tour...More

Thank Tahnee F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the English/ Italian tour during the afternoon. Be sure to check the times that tours run so that you are not disappointed, and then you can plan your day around this. Much of the tour takes place in the stalls of the...More

Thank Lucy V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the visit, (no performances in August), have a guided visit the go to see a performance, in fact have a guided visit the first time you visit Naples then go back to Naples for a performance.

Thank SaralBland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We accidentally walk passed this theatre and noticed there is a guided tour. We absolutely loved it. The decoration inside the theatre is very ornate but tasteful. Wish I can watch a performance there. The guide did a very gd job of explaining. We even...More

Thank EastmeetsWestAB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! What a jewel. I walked by the opera house, saw an open door and decided to go inside to ask about a tour ... glad I did. Five Euro for a wonderful tour given by a lady who was energetic and seemed enthused about...More

1  Thank cabearcat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

7 euro entrance that includes about an hour of guided tour. Our guide was fluent in english and very informative!

Thank Matthew E
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10 September 2017|
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Response from cabearcat | Reviewed this property |
I don't know ... sorry. But even without the translation, I'm sure the performance will be fabulous! Enjoy!!
28 August 2017|
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Response from Maithili D | Reviewed this property |
The cost was 22euro for 4 of us at the door..i guess. The guie was billingual and fantastic.
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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.