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Teatro Massimo

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 90138 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 6053580
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Ranked #12 of 155 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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Salerno, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I didn't go inside - that's for next time. It is awe-inspiring when lit up at night. People gather around it at night for the passeggiata.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I really enjoyed the tour of Teatro Massimo. It was interesting, insightful and just the right length of time. The tour inspired me and my partner to see a show at the opera, and the tour guide helped us booked last minute seating to Aida. The opera show itself was amazing, it was a great cultural experience! I would definitely... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It was great being able to sit in the same seat that Al Pacino sat in at the end of Godfather III. We took the half hour guided tour of the building, and our guide was very informative about the uniquesness of the design as well as the history of its use. Unfortunately due to a lack of air consditioning... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had an interesting tour of the massimo. It was an atmospheric theatre (perhaps mostly because of the godfather connection?) but perhaps not the most beautiful opera house. A look behind the scenes would have been good

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If ever you come to Palermo you must visit Teatro Massimo where the great Caruso, Maria Callas and Pavarotti have all sung. We came on an 8 euro entrance fee to include a comedy/ballet of around one hour duration followed by a tour of the building which lasted around 30 minutes. The ballet was based on a sicilian wedding with... More

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