San Carlo Opera House

Commissioned by the Bourbon King Charles VII of Naples, the Teatro di san Carlo is the oldest opera house in Europe and it has certainly stood the test of time, still being considered one of the best in the world. On its inauguration on 4th November 1737 (the king's name day) it was the largest opera house in the world, holding over 3,000 people. The spectacular building has been admired over the centuries for its acoustic properties and sumptuous design.

The horseshoe-shaped theatre caught the attention of composers such as Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Vincenzo Bellini and thrived through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, this historic theatre is still attracting world-class performers and hosts spectacular operas, ballets and concerts throughout the year.

If you don't fancy catching a show, you can still enjoy a guided tour of the theatre from approximately €6 per person.

Recommended on these multi centres

7 day suggested trip

Naples and Amalfi Coast

From £1199 per person
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  • Free time to relax on the beaches of Amalfi
  • Six nights in two of southern Italy’s gems
  • Taste a slice of the very best Neapolitan Pizza
  • Visit the famous historic site of Pompeii

11 day suggested trip

Naples and Ischia

From £1375 per person
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  • Admire the manicured La Mortella Gardens
  • A full day trip to the colourful island of Procida
  • Seven nights to relax on the beaches and thermal spas of Ischia
  • Take a tour of the oldest opera house in Europe – San Carlo Opera House
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