One of the most important opera venues in Italy is the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, situated in the city of Bologna. The 1,000 capacity venue was built in 1763, having been designed by Antonio Galli-Bibiena. It has been renovated many times since its opening. The theatre was built after other major theatres in the area had fallen into disuse or been damaged by fires. The theatre has a bell-shaped auditorium with four tiers of boxes. It was the first major theatre to be built with public funds and owned by the municipality. Today, the theatre is still in use with it hosting major shows throughout the opera season.
As Bologna is a fairly small city, the opera house is within walking distance of many other sights. You can get to the opera house by bus though, the C and T2 buses stop close by.
Opening Times and Admission
The best way to visit the theatre is by attending a show, the opera season is from November to April and tickets for shows can be purchased online. The theatre also runs guided tours on Friday and Saturday mornings, tickets for the tour cost 5 euros per person.