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Teatro Massimo

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 90138 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 6053580
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Ranked #13 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Faro, Portugal
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Excellent seats in a box with a clear view of the stage. The Opera House is a jewel and the performance was a delight. At 77 euros per head for such an event in this most romantic of settings was a steal. We will be back for sure.

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New York
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

They offer a 30 minute tour of the theater in English. This is the second largest theater, after Paris, in Europe. Inside it is lovely though they obviously have seen better days.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

... attended Norma here ... the capo lavoro of Bellini in Sicily should have been spectacular ... was a disaster staged in 1950's waterfront garb ... OUCH! ... walked out after Caste Diva along with lots of locals who were expressing insult! ... add to that was the sorry state of this once grand house ... not good!

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Treviso, Italy
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Even though the guided tour was a bit short but it was worth for doing it. You could see the inside of the beautiful theater and also you could try to sit on the Royal Box seat! If you have a chance, it would be great to see the opera or concert there.

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Ludbreg, Croatia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We saw it only from the outside and it was worth it. Didn't go inside because they have guided tours and we didn't book in advance, and we didn't want wait for 2 hours when the tour in english started. We went there in the morning and it was very nice. In the evening the square in front of the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Our trip to Sicily was a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday and Teattro Massimo was one of the first things on our list because he is a avid movie fan and the theatre was the setting of Godfather III! However the theatre exceeded both our expectations. Not only is the building intimidatingly huge with beautiful, intricate carvings and statues, we... More

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Athens, Greece
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A must-see of Palermo as all visitors know, Teatro Massimo is both a historical and architectural landmark in the city. The four stars go because we didn't go inside. We just admired it from outside and walked till the main entrance. We admired the immense size and the pretty little details everywhere we look and then we sat at a... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went on a guided tour around here - felt a little rushed at times and there were quite a few of us in the group - trying to keep up with Guide as to what was being said and take photos etc. Nonetheless, was a very interesting visit which I would recommend.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very nice historical building in the city center of Palermo, surrounded by palms, souvenir shops and cafeterias.

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Melbourne, Australia
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is not until you get inside that you see how large this theatre actually is. We arrived around 12.50 and found that there was an English tour at 1.20; we're not sure how often the tours are, but at least one tour left while we were waiting, we think it was in Italian. Our guide was excellent and well-versed... More

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