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“A great journey through time”

Teatro di San Carlo
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Best of Naples Walking Tour
Ranked #11 of 787 things to do in Naples
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Although the outside of the theatre is not really impressive, the inside is magnificent. We can only have access to it on a tour but it is really worth it, the explanations were given in Italian and English. We had the opportunity of discovering the stage during a rehearsal. The director kindly accepted our presence provided we took no pics. The royal box, the key role of the mirrors, the ceiling, the unique acoustics, the history, there's a lot of unexpected elements to discover. At the end of the visit, we simply long to attend a performance !
Definitely a visit on the agenda in Naples :))

Thank FabAlpes
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

We loved our front row seats to watch a brilliant performance of Tosca. This theatre takes your breath away when you enter, it really is stunning. Tickets bought online, and printed them off at home easily. The website was a bit difficult to navigate to choose our own seats, so I ended up getting the automatic seat selection (seat 9 and 11) for our 65Euro seats, but we loved being this close up, and having no heads to obscure the view. The only problem was to read the English translation up on the overhead screen we had to constantly look up which was a bit tricky, so if there is a next time I would probably take more time to navigate the site and choose a row a little further back! Of course if you speak Italian the translations would not be a problem. The orchestra was amazing, and being in the front we could look over the barrier and see them before and after the performance, as well as enjoying the great sounds. Two 20 minute intervals, long queues for the few toilets (be quick) but just long enough to pop outside to the icecream shop across the roundabout and enjoy some gelato (finished before going back inside as it's not allowed in). Overall a wonderful treat for our stay in Naples, and well worth the money for good seats!

Thank Sahara D
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

the history of the building itself was the focus of the tour and it was in both italian and english with the italian being primarily spoken. so somewhat disappointing. the opera house itself is apparently the oldest still operating as such in italy...

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

The restoration has brought this historical landmark up to the present with all the trappings of it's glorious past.

Thank Cocciolino2015
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

Beautiful building, I can imagine a wonderful experience if I attended a performance. However, this was just a guided tour completely spoilt by the piano tuner plying his craft whilst we were there, trying but failing to hear the commentary. I thought he could have waited a few minutes until the tour leader had described the details and history. Even worse, it was a paid tour. Maybe readers might like to ask if there are any distractions, prior to buying their guided tour tickets. The tour leader carried on as if nothing was wrong.

1  Thank JambonatSydney
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