Envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home...
Teatro San Carlo
A night at Italy's biggest and oldest opera house is a magical experience. Although the original 1737 theatre burnt down in 1816,...
Naples' downtown Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) is home to the Biblioteca Nazionale, its priceless treasures including at least 2000...
Cappuccinos come with complimentary arias at this sweeping, kitschy cafe, set inside Teatro San Carlo. Settle into a Chesterfield and...
Trattoria San Ferdinando
Hung with theatre posters, cosy San Ferdinando pulls in well-spoken theatre types and intellectuals. For a Neapolitan taste trip, ask...
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Plebiscito · interesting places nearby
Located inside the Palazzo Reale (purchase tickets at the palace ticket booth), modern museum MeMus documents the history of Europe's oldest working opera house, the Teatro San Carlo . The collection includes costumes, sketches, instruments and memorabilia, displayed in annually changing themed exhibitions. One interactive, immersive exhibit allows visitors to enjoy the music of numerous celebrated composers with accompanying visuals by artists who have collaborated with the opera house, among them William Kentridge.
Upstairs, computers offer access to Teatro San Carlo's rich archives, although all were out of order on our last visit.