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san-carlos-theater-2Naples, home of Italian dramatics, is full of theatres. The most famous of them all, and one of the most beautiful in Italy is the San Carlo, located right in the heart of the Southern Italian metropolis.

Described as a temple of the opera, the theatre holds spectacular events and shows all year round. It was constructed by the Bourbons in the 18th century and opened in 1737, although its appearance as we see it today actually dates back to 1816, when it was reconstructed after a blaze caused serious damage. The entrance hall, loggia and façade were also added at that time.
The largest capacity theatre in Italy, the San Carlo allows the audience to enjoy the show from six floors and boasts a grand total of 184 boxes. Given some of the big names and tremendous works performed at the theatre, it is a good thing it is so large – it needs the space! Rossini, Puccini, Barbaja and Verdi are just some of the composers who have been associated with the San Carlo over the years.


To this very day, operas, theatrical performances and ballets from the most beautiful of the classics to the most breathtaking of the more modern works take place. The performance types are separated into three “seasons”, running from January to May:

The Stagione Lirica, or opera season, is an opportunity to see and hear the spectacular performances of some of the most incredible opera singers and concert musicians from Italy and the rest of the world.
The Stagione di Balletto, or ballet season, showcases beauty, grace and above all talent from all four corners of the globe in shows to take your breath away.
The Stagione Sinfonica, or concert season, will astound  with the incredible talent of musicians of all kinds, from  strings to pianoforte, wind to percussion as well as allowing you to hear some of the most famous pieces of all times in the atmosphere they were intended for.

The shows are wonderful, the size of the theatre amazing and its age significant, but perhaps what is most wonderful about the San Carlo is its very appearance. Inside, it is sumptuous in red and gold. The luxury is evident and each and every detail is thought out to be pleasing to the eye as well as to the ear, creating visual harmony as well as acoustic perfection.
For those interested in classical music, opera or ballet, the San Carlo in Naples is a must-see. If you are staying at one of our beautiful Naples locations (link) or even on the nearby Sorrento coast (link) you can easily get there, and admire the architecture, luxurious interiors as well as enjoying one of the shows.



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