You might not associate Rome with opera (more famous opera houses lie in Naples or Milan), but catching a ballet or an opera at the Teatro dell’Opera is an experience I highly recommend – and it is surprisingly affordable. The theater, which was opened in 1880, lies off elegant Via Nazionale and has numerous shows each season. Pricing varies but seats in the upper galleries can be as low as € 12 – € 17 depending on the performance. You’ll have a great view of the stage and choreography from the upper levels as long as you choose seats that are central (ideally within the first or second row). There are also often empty seats in the theater so you can move closer to the stage during the intermission.
I love the theater for the quality of the performances (including costumes, set design and staging) and for its ornate interior, which has a gorgeous frescoed ceiling and plush, red velvet seats. I’ve always enjoyed how much the sumptuous interior contrasts with the more austere outside façade, which was remodelled in the 1920s to fit Mussolini’s fascist style.
You can order tickets and select your seats via the website or in person at the box office.