The oldest theatre in the city is the Teatro Verdi. This building (only a stone’s throw from the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia) was inaugurated in 1801, and its structure resembles that of the Scala in Milan. Today – along with a variety of shows and performances throughout the year; it hosts an extremely popular Operatic Festival. Opera has a long and consolidated history in Trieste, in fact the city is often said to be Italy’s operatic capital. The Teatro Verdi is also very popular with lovers of classical music.
For those who prefer drama, the Teatro Rossetti (which is especially popular with young people) often stages both classical and modern plays with which some of Italy’s best actors are involved.
Extremely entertaining comedies in local dialect are often put on in the Teatro Cristallo and in the small Teatro dei Salesiani – usually by local theatre companies. The Teatro Miela on the coast puts on shows and performances of all genres.