Teatro di San Carlo
Begun in 1737 by the Bourbons (who were great opera buffs) but rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1816, this is Italy’s largest opera house and one of Europe’s most prestigious. Its magnificent interior, done out in splendid red and gold, includes nearly 200 boxes arranged on six levels and a massive, 3,600-square-meter stage, which has hosted performances by some of the world’s great singers and conductors. If you aren't able to see a performance, catch one of the guided tours of the interior.
By Nicky Swallow, AFAR Local Expert
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Via San Carlo, 98, 80132 Napoli, Italy
+39 081 797 2111