Teatro di San Carlo, Naples

The Teatro Reale di San Carlo (Royal Theatre of Saint Charles), as originally named by the Bourbon monarchy but today known simply as the Teatro di San Carlo, is an opera house in Naples, Italy, connected to the Royal Palace and adjacent to the Piazza del Plebiscito. It is the oldest continuously active venue for opera in the world, having opened in 1737, decades before either Milan's La Scala or Venice's La Fenice.
The opera season runs from late January to May, with the ballet season taking place from April to early June. The house once had a seating capacity of 3,285, but has now been reduced to 1,386 seats. Given its size, structure and antiquity, it was the model for theatres that were later built in Europe.
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  • During my journey in Naples I was curious about this that I was sure was a theate, with great surprise I dicovered that is the first (older) opera hous in Europe, build during the Kingdom that still.....  more »
  • Built in 1737, Teatro di San Carlo is the oldest working theatre in Europe, and one of the most prestigious. Destroyed by fire in 1816, it was redesigned and rebuilt within 10 months by order of...  more »
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  • This is a must. period. While vacationing in Rome, I took a side trip to Naples and this was one of my must see sites. I wasn't here long, at all, but husband and I dropped in early afternoon to queue and buy tickets for a tour. We enjoyed it very much. If we had more time and stayed in the area, we would've tried to catch a show, but this was the next best thing and it was great.
  • Five stars for the guided tour of the Napoli Opera House. Very informative and narrated with passion by our guide. I wish I could visit the opera during performance, but the season hadn't started yet. The guided toor alternative brings you to all the areas you would like to see, even the kings loge.

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