Unforgettable Naples: The San Carlo Theatre (Part Of The Unesco World Heritage) And The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) With Its Original Interiors
“There is nothing all over Europe that comes close to this theatre or even gives the faintest idea” – Stendhal, 1817
The San Carlo theatre in Naples is the oldest opera house in the world and UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. You will be amazed and left speechless by its architecture, decoration and red velvet interiors.
It’s a sublime work of art, built in 1737 by Charles III of Bourbon, who wanted a new theatre for his city, a theatre that could be a symbol of the royal power. That’s why this marvelous structure was built right next to Piazza del Plebiscito (an emblematic square in Naples), 41 years before Milan’s La Scala and 55 years before Venice’s La Fenice.
It was placed on the north side of the Palazzo Reale (the Royal Palace) and the two buildings are connected by a passage that leads to the Palco Reale (Royal Box).
Stendhal was so impressed by this magnificent theatre that in 1817 he described it with the following words: “There is nothing all over Europe that comes close to this theatre or even gives the faintest idea”.
Meet your tour guide at 9:00 am at the Naples railway station or in front of the Caffè Gambrinus. Neapolitan walk with an enchanting narration of the history of a kingdom, a capital, a city, until the arrival in Piazza del Plebiscito.
Entrance to the San Carlo Theatre at 11:30 am and guided tour of the historic hall and the Foyer…
The narrated itinerary continues towards typical places where you can delight your palate with the finest Neapolitan gastronomy with tasting/dining at your leisure.
In the afternoon you will enter into the splendid Royal Palace: 169 meters of facade realized by the architect Fontana, a balcony embellished with the royal arms overlooking those of the Savoy, eight statues housed in the niches outside depicting the most important kings climbed the throne of the Kingdom of Naples and a natural stage as Plebiscite Square.
Wonderful route through the oldest rooms on the main floor, now the Historical Apartment Museum, which preserve the furniture and decorations of royal families: the Court Theatre, the splendid Ambassadors’ Hall, the Throne Hall; the Hercules’ Hall, transformed in the 18th century into a ballroom, the Palatine Chapel for sumptuous religious ceremonies and then destined for the Neapolitan music school, and the numerous masterpieces that were to be found in the court rooms.
Free return in the evening.
Meet your guide at: Naples railway station, the Feltrinelli bookshop
Access to: Teatro San Carlo, Palazzo Reale.
Itinerary: Neapolitan walk with a historical and mythological itinerary
End of the tour at: Palazzo Reale
Duration: full day
Visit fee: €30.00
NOTES: A minimum participation of 20 Members is required
Members are informed that the visit to the Teatro San Carlo is managed by the staff during the activities of the Theatre (rehearsals, activities in the Hall…). Therefore, path variations may occur.
The price includes
Assistance and full day guided tour
Licensed tour guide of the province of Naples available for Members
Entrance tickets for Teatro San Carlo and Palazzo Reale
Lunch/tasting is at leisure; therefore, it is NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
NOTES: The Association is pleased to provide information on the most representative places of Neapolitan gastronomy.