POINTS OF INTEREST
The opulent Municipal Theater is the city's cultural center, with performances of opera, ballet, and classical music. Designed by French architects, the theater opened in 1857, with major renovations in 1870 and 1906 following a fire and an earthquake. The Renaissance-style building is one of the city's most refined monuments with a lavish interior that deserves a visit. The cobblestoned walk around the building completes the picture.