Teatro di San Carlo

Built in 1737 in Naples, the Teatro di San Carlo was once the biggest opera house in the world, with eminent operas from across the world illuminating the stage with their charm and glamour. Today, it stands as an epitome of Italy’s passion for art and culture, being the oldest opera house in the country. It is situated in proximity to the central Piazza Del Plebiscito and is connected to the Royal Palace. Opening decades before the renowned Venetian La Fenice and Milanese La Scala theatres, it is the oldest and continuously active public opera house in Europe. A must-visit on your tours to Naples, Teatro di San Carlo is a real treat for art lovers.




Teatro di San Carlo was commissioned by Charles VII of Naples, the renowned Bourbon king when he endowed the city with a much larger and exquisite theatre than 1621’s Teatro San Bartolomeo. The new theater was inaugurated on November 4, 1737, with performance of opera Domenico Sarro’s Achille in Sciro. It was designed by Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale, built at a cost of 75,000 ducats. The hall was a massive 28.6 meters long and 22.5 meters wide with 184 boxes that included proscenium arranged in six orders. It also had a royal box with the capacity of ten people, thus, a total of 1379 seats. The theater could accommodate over 3000 spectators, including standing room.

Teatro di San Carlo Today


After the old building was burnt down by fire on February 12, 1816, it was reconstructed by Antonio Niccolini under the order of King Ferdinand IV. And there it stands upright; exuding the charm of rich art and culture that Italy thrives on. The sheer exuberance of this horse-shoe shaped theater will simply mesmerize your senses, providing you a truly memorable experience during your Naples holiday. Today, there are about 1500 seats in Teatro di San Carlo, with exquisite decorations in red and gold adorning the interior. A spectacular painting by Giuseppe Cammarano covers the ceiling, representing Greek God Apollo and Goddess Minerva.

Spectacular Opera Experience at Teatro di San Carlo

Owing to its unique horseshoe shape, the theatre provides one of the finest opera experience in Europe. It has superb sound quality, where the spectators can listen to the orchestra and singers even from their far-off seats. Teatro di San Carlo is a dream venue for many renowned operas, concerts and ballets to perform. Followed by significant construction work done in 2010, the opera house now features modern machinery for stage performances, more rehearsal rooms, and air conditioning. It can also be rented for parties or hosting own shows.

How to Reach Teatro di San Carlo?

Metro Line 1 takes you to the famous opera house in Naples. Furthermore, bus R2 from Central Station stops at San Carlo. R3 buses from Mergellina also go via San Carlo.

Tickets and Opening Hours:

Tickets for Teatro di San Carlo can be booked online or over the phone. The theater is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 3.30 pm.

Make your tours to Naples more memorable by visiting Teatro di San Carlo.

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