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Teatro Massimo

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 90138 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 6053580
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Ranked #13 of 142 attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters
Traveler Description: The Massimo Theater designed by Basile opened its doors to the public on the evening of May 16 1897. The large volume of trade and industry meant... more »
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Las Palmas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

He died on the steps here in the film. It is a really majestic theatre, the biggest in Italy, and the visit includes the anti-rooms, one where standing in the middle you can hear nothing that is being said around you. Ideal for private conversations at the theatre if you needed such conversations!!!

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The teatro Massimo is one of the most beautiful buildings in Palermo. It stands out from the rest of the city. The tour was really interesting and we loved all the historical comments and jokes! Good afternoon activity.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Good value 8 Euros per person. English speaking guide for a group of 6 English visitors. Full tour of whole theatre and then able to stay and listen to rehearsal for that evenings concert at no extra cost.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

If you like visiting opera houses, and I do, then this is worth it. It's not incredible but it is a lovely old world style house. I did not have the chance to see a performance there and would like to.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

In order to go in you have to go on a tour. Understandable but a shame. It is impressive but could do with a massive investment to bring it back to its glory. Friendly guide and staff. Tour too long for my liking. You need to check times of performances well in advance they are not every day.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The tour was more interesting than I imagined. The theatre is huge. We sat in the president's seats and listened to an opera rehearsal. The tour guide was very good and spoke excellent English.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Not unlike our own Royal Albert Hall in it's first impression. Significant footprint in the middle of Palermo. Sadly in need of a large amount of expenditure to bring back it's obvious former glory. Fading decoration and peeling paint and plaster plus indication of damp throughout the building is bad news. However the guided visit in English was on time... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Had some problems booking the ticket online, but all was sorted at the desk with no hassle. The theater itself is just mind blowing. The attendant was kind enough to give us separate cubicle which made the whole experience even better. The corner ice cream shop just in front of main entrance is a perfect taster for the night ;)... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Even if you can't get a ticket to a performance, do take a tour. It is a lovely venue rich in history, and if for no other reason than the premier box seat and it's massive steps figuring prominently in the final scenes of Godfather III.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We had the good fortune to see "Othelo" at the Massimo. We bought average priced tickets (about $60 a seat). We were in a box in the second row on raised seats. They weren't terribly comfortable but it was so lovely to be in such a majestic theater, we didn't care. Go if you have the chance.

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