In 1283, the first provisional and the first musical printing are based in Naples. This is the city where the greatest castratis ever came from.
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Naples, the capital of Campania in southern Italy offers you a beautiful view on the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius. Culture and opera are unmissable aspects of Naples. The famous Teatro di San Carlo is an opera not to miss!
A rich and ancient history
Naples is among the oldest European cities. Founded by the Greek, the town was at the time a harbour named Parthenope. According to Greek mythology, Parthenope was a siren who washed ashore at Naples after unsuccessfully luring Odysseus into the sea. As centuries went by, the city gained importance, becoming a cultural pole. Parthenope was renamed Neapolis and the city grew. It became Roman during the 3rd century BC. Greek and Roman architecture meet in this marvellous city.
The capital of Campania later was taken by the Ostrogoths, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the Spanish lead by Alfonso V of Aragon…
Naples is THE city of southern Italy.
We love strolling down the shady streets and the large noisy boulevards loaded with history. Naples is a must-see for any culture lover!
Culture is everywhere!
The Neapolitan architecture is very diverse: you'll find a gothic cathedral and beautiful villas north and south of the city.
Naples has welcomed many artists and writers over the centuries: the city was one of capitals of Baroque style thanks to the painter Carravagio.
Enjoy a visit at the ancient "Castel dell'Ovo", an old fort, then take a walk in the streets of Naples without missing the Via dei Tribunali, the most Neapolitan street there is! You should see the Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore, a basilica whose interior decorations will amaze you.
If you are a history lover, why don’t you visit the Museo Archeologici Nazionale to discover the great work of the archaeologists of Pompeii and Herculanum?
Naples is the home of pizza, which was born in the popular districts. The Neapolitan pizza is simple but so enjoyable: tomatoes, anchovies and olive oil. Tasty!
Naples and classical music
Naples houses one of the oldest operas in the world: the Teatro di San Carlo, built in 1737. The theatre could, at the time, welcome 3 000 persons, out of which 1 379 sitting. This opera is a jewel created by Giovanni Antonio Medrano. The gold and blue ornaments illustrate Charles III of Bourbon's royal power.
Sarro's Achille in Sciro is the opera which inaugurated the theatre, but the first seasons are mainly composed of ballets.
The Teatro di San Carlo soon became an European musical scene, attracting musicians such as Haydn or Bach. Some of the most famous composers including Rossini and later Donizetti took the artistic direction of the theatre. They composed several successful operas such as Maria Stuarda (1834) or Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) in the theatre.
After the reunification of Italy in 1861, the Teatro di san Carlo lost of its importance as Milano's La Scala became Italy musical centre.
Nowadays, the Teatro di San Carlo offers a wide range of operas, ballets and concerts every season. Tickets for the Teatro di San Carlo are always highly sought after, as the choice of performers and musicians is so great! The theatre itself is also a jewel!
What are you waiting for?
Enjoy the Neapolitan ambiance, have long enjoyable strolls and treat yourself with a savoury pizza in a ristorante after a great evening at Naples' opera!
Goethe once said "Vedi Napoli e poi muori!" (See Naples and die!). Wise words!