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Teatro di San Carlo

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Address: Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081 797 2468
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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One of the most beautiful theaters in the world.No reservations are needed ,the tours happen daily and are available in Italian and English.Make sure to call and check if there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most beautiful theaters in the world.No reservations are needed ,the tours happen daily and are available in Italian and English.Make sure to call and check if there is any change of schedule when they are preparing for shows.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a morning tour before visiting Herculaneum later in the day. Hardly into opera myself but the tour was very interesting nevertheless as I appreciated the architecture and general design of what is the world's oldest continually operating opera house, dating back to 1737. Couldn't help noticing how small the boxes are and how many rather uncomfortable seats... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the oldest still operating opera house, the most beautiful and the most important in the world. It is located adjacent to the central Piazza del Plebiscito, and connected to the Royal Palace.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived half an hour before started and we were seated on diferent rows my partner and myself. Until the owner of my seat appear and they realised than it was a mistake. The staff didnt help at all, ignoring our questions and we had to run a few minutes before the performance started to ho be late. The teatro... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is modestly priced, and worth it. Our guide was theatrical, which added to the enjoyment. The theater is beautiful. Be sure to check out the clock over the stage - unique. Tours were bilingual Italian/English.

Thank Timothy D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a quick tour will get one acquainted with the history and the current state of the theater - especially interesting for Naples history buffs, or theater aficionados. Tours both in English and Italian, no pre-booking necessary, they take place every day.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Theater is beautiful, but after some minutes in the main hall, we go to the king's lounge... and we only saw darkness. There was probe, and they turned lights off, so after some minutes we didn't see anything. Totally waste of money - no information about that. They didn't inform us about such situation, in case on any information, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 7 euro tour which was charming and it's a great 2 hour experience to visit the oldest opera house in Europe. Avoid the expensive and poor service in the cafeteria.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is the oldest operating opera house in Europe fraom 1737, once it had 3300 seats, to-dau ca 1400. It is well preserved, restored just a few years ago.(Finished 2010) Naturally changed through the centuries, but anyhow impressive. We visited to see an opera: Adriana Lecouvrer by Cilea, and wassurprised to find a perfomance on the level with many European... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have the chance to attend a modern opera, do not miss it. This is one of the most beautiful theaters in Italy. **** Non perdere l'occasione di assistere ad un'opera moderna. Questo è uno dei teatri più belli ed affascinanti d'Italia.

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