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Rome Opera House (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma) Tours

Rome Opera House (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
Rome’s 19th-century Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is the Italian capital’s most important opera house; its most famous for hosting the premier of Puccini's Tosca in 1900. Originally named Teatro Costanzi, the theater was restored in the 1950s and boasts ornate stucco work, gilding, and red velvet.

The Basics
The lavish auditorium holds up to 1,600 spectators; three of the tiers have theater boxes, while the uppermost two tiers have graduated rows of seating. The best way to experience the theater is during an evening concert, opera, or ballet performance, available between November and June. Daytime tours are also available once a week. Tours that focus on off-the-beaten-path Rome attractions typically stop to admire the 1920s exteriors of the theater. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Purchase tickets to performances in advance to ensure a seat and book a tour via the box office. 
  • The theater is accessible to wheelchairs, though some parts of the tour are not. Confirm accessibility in advance.
  • Large bags and umbrellas must be checked into the cloakroom.
  • The dress code for most performances is smart casual; evening dress is requested on opening nights and premiers.

How to Get There
The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is located on Piazza Beniamino Gigli in central Rome, just steps from the main Termini train station. The opera house is easy to reach from locations across the city via metro A line; disembark at the Repubblica stop. 

When to Get There
Though the Opera di Roma performance calendar runs year-round, performances are held in the opera house from November to June; in summer, performances are instead held in the Baths of Caracalla. 

Other Performance Venues in Rome
In addition to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, you can catch opera and classical music performances at St. Paul’s Within the Walls, known for its Three Tenors and Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma concerts, and the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier del Caravita (Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita), where combined opera and ballet performances are held.
Address: Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1, Rome, Lazio 00184, Italy
Admission: Varies
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