This sumptuous opera house built for a Bourbon King is the oldest in Europe. It outdates Milan’s La Scala by four decades. Over the centuries the theatre has been burned, bombed and rebuilt again, but it has always attracted the crème de la crème of the music world.
We implore you, if you can get tickets to a show during your visit to Naples, don’t pass up the opportunity. The San Carlo’s rich ballet, opera and symphony seasons are world class and although it’s best to book in advance, you can often get tickets on the day.
If you can’t make a show, DO visit the theater. Daily guided tours take visitors through the main hall, the boxes and the Royal box and the two foyers. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are available in English. Tours can be combined with a visit to MeMUS, the San Carlo Theater’s multimedia museum and historical archives, for an additional cost.