Naples Sights

Teatro San Carlo

  • Via San Carlo 101–103 Map It
  • Toledo
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Out of all the Italian opera houses, La Scala in Milan is the most famous, but San Carlo is more beautiful, and Naples is, after all, the most operatic of cities. The Neoclassical structure, designed by Antonio Niccolini, was built in a mere nine months after an 1816 fire destroyed the original. Many operas were composed for the house, including Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Rossini's La Donna del Lago. In the theater, nearly 200 boxes are arranged on six levels, and the 1,115-square-meter (12,000-square-foot) stage permits productions with horses, camels, and elephants, and even has a backdrop that can lift to reveal the Palazzo Reale Gardens. Above the rich red-and-gold auditorium is a ceiling fresco by Giuseppe Cammarano representing Apollo presenting poets to Athena. Performance standards are among Europe's highest—even the great Enrico Caruso was hissed here. If you're not attending an opera, you can still see the splendid theater on a 30-minute guided tour. English-language tours, which take place daily except on holidays, can be booked in advance on the theater's website.

Sight Information


Via San Carlo 101–103, Naples, Campania, 80133, Italy

Map It


081-5534565-Mon.–Sat.; 081-7972468-Sun.

Sight Details:

  • Tour €6
  • Tours: Mar.–Dec., Mon.–Sat. on the half hr 10:30–12:30 and 1:30–4:30, Sun. on the half hour 10:30–12:30

Published 05/06/2016


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