Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

No lover of great theater (or, for that matter, great theaters) should pass up the chance to visit Buenos Aires’ many fine performance halls. Perhaps the best known is the stunning Colón Theater (Teatro Colón), a world-class opera, ballet, and classical music facility opened in 1908 that has hosted the likes of Callas, Toscanini, Stravinsky, Caruso, and Pavarotti. Guided tours of the theater, considered to boast some of the world’s best acoustics, provide a fascinating glimpse into the building’s inner workings, from set-building to costume making (even wig-making), an experience that can only be topped by enjoying a performance in its sumptuous auditorium.

Other places of entertainment to visit include Teatro Gran Rex, a lovely Art Deco cinema opened in 1937, and Teatro Cervantes, home to the Buenos Aires National Theatre Museum with its displays relating to theater, film, and musical productions.