Teatro Massimo

Palermo, Italy

The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele is the biggest in Italy, and one of the largest of Europe. Construction started in 1874, but was stopped for eight years from 1882 until 1890. Finally, on 16 May 1897, twenty-two years after the laying of the foundation stone, it was inaugurated with a performance of Verdi's Falstaff conducted by Leopoldo Mugnone.

Basile was inspired by ancient and classical Sicilian architecture and, thus, the exterior was designed in the high neoclassical style incorporating elements of the Greek temples at Selinunte and Agrigento. Realized in the late-Renaissance style, the auditorium was planned for 3,000 people, but, in its current format, it seats 1,381, with 7 tiers of boxes rising up around an inclined stage, and shaped in the typical horseshoe style.



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    Founded: 1897


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    Jess Currie (12 months ago)
    Fantastic! Remember godfather 3? The ending was filmed here i do believe. Palermo is amazing and i will definitely be returning
    MagiKarpy (13 months ago)
    It's a beautiful historical place which you can visit if you like art. It's a main attraction in Palermo and it brings many tourists. It's situated in the historical centre where you can take a look of many cathedrals and other famous monuments and places. I highly recommend it because it's a unique experience.
    Debbie Pointing (13 months ago)
    Such a beautiful building worth a tour and we were lucky to see the orchestra in the main seating area as social distancing measures are currently in place
    Carla Abrantes (14 months ago)
    Stunning theatre!!! The tour was both in Italian and English (just for me)! It is huge... 3rd biggest theatre in Europe. The tour costs 8 euros and last for 30 minutes.
    Kuala Bound (15 months ago)
    Don't waste 8 euro for the tour. They don't tell much, no music to give the feeling, theatre kept dark so you cannot admire its full beauty, coat of arms hall is shut. It is in great need of renovating works.
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