Teatro Massimo

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Teatro Massimo
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One of the biggest opera houses in Europe, Teatro Massimo is renowned for its excellent acoustiscs and holds over 1,300 seats.The venue hosts more than 130 music, opera and dance events every year.The exteriors are in neo-classical style with influences from Greek Sicilian temples, while the interiors are art-nouveau.
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larryjman
Montreal, Canada215 contributions
Apr 2022
I loved this experience. The building is beautiful inside and out. The guide was attentive and knew her stuff. She answered all the extra questions we had.

Some people mentioned the Opera House seems to be neglected. I kind of disagree. Yes, I noticed watermarks on the ceiling. But I'm also one of those strange hipsters who thinks it adds character to the space and represents a long and rich history. I wouldn't get rid of those watermarks, I'd highlight them.

I particularly appreciated the Murano glass chandeliers spread out all over. All original from when it opened in the 1890s as well.

We also were treated to the stage crew setting up for a few minutes, and the orchestra rehearsing. That was a special experience. We even got to sit in the royal suite.

The tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes. I think ours went a little over to about 35 or 40 minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. A wonderful lesson in Palermo's artistic history.
Written 4 May 2022
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA400 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
The opera house itself is spectacular. And, I’ve not attended an opera there, yet. I write, instead, about the paid tour. One of the experiences my wife and I love is taking tours of opera houses around the world (Sydney, Vienna, The Met in NYC, etc.). And always the tours have been in-depth with behind-the-scenes access to what goes into producing these sumptuous, complex performances. “Expecting” something similar (which is probably my mistake), the tour was brief — 20 minutes maybe — with visits to the main hall, the smoking area, and one of the private suits. I’m not saying don’t do the tour, as it is one of the top opera houses in Europe, but have realistic expectations about what is being offered.
Written 17 March 2022
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miss_maya
20 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Wow! You can only visit with a guided tour (€8) but it is worth the money! If you like the opera do visit this one, it is the 3rd biggest one in Europe.
Written 4 February 2022
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ellavie
athens62 contributions
Dec 2021
The building itself is stunning; definitely worth a visit. We did a bilingual guided tour. You get to visit some amazing parts of the theatre up close - the royal box and echo room are highlights. The information we were given was interesting but was really the bare minimum and delivered by a very unenthusiastic guide. We would have loved to hear more anecdotes and interesting details to bring the place and our visit to life. At 25 minutes, it was a little short too - we could happily have spent an hour hearing more.
Written 2 January 2022
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ786 contributions
Sep 2021
We got lucky by walking in 5 minutes before a bilingual Italian-English tour was about to start, otherwise we probably would have decided to skip. The building is beautiful, although probably less grand on the inside than some other famous opera houses. The tour itself lasts about 25 minutes and makes 4 stops - foyer, orchestra, the royal box, and finally the "echo room", which is probably the most unusual highlight on account of its weird acoustics. Worth it on balance, could have been less so if we had to wait for the tour.
Written 7 October 2021
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KerryfromGermany
34 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We wanted to have a look at the Opera House. Only possible with a guided tour. Well, ok, we would do it.
1 hour wait.
Well, with hardly any tourists around, but ok. So I asked for using the toilets while waiting. There was just a „no, no toilets“ !!!! Can you believe that? That was the end of my Opera visit. I had way to many of these experiences in Palermo and was deeply disappointed. Never would have expected this in Sicily.
Written 22 September 2021
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Demetr7
Canton of Basel, Switzerland59 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We took a 30 min tour. Was enjoyable plunge into the theater atmosphere. Tours are bilingual and let the visitors to see the theater from different perspectives including the royal lodge
Written 26 August 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
May 2021
The steps make for a popular photo opp. Lovely statues and a busy piazza in front.

Thirty minute guided tours were available for 8€.
Written 31 July 2021
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Karolina R
Vilnius, Lithuania3 contributions
Jul 2021
I'm really happy that we decided to take a guided excursion here. It was super interesting. We even had an oportunity to see a rehersal of orchestra! Highly recommend to see one of the most beautiful place at Palermo!
Written 28 July 2021
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Marie V
Paris, France246 contributions
Jul 2021
We took a guided tour of this magnificent place. 8 euros per person as the backstage tour was not available because of Covid. The tour was in Italian and English. The guide did not show a single smile during the visit ! Impersonal, hasty informations of nearly NO interest. You should not be a guide if you are not interested in the job. You had to be careful to understand as she started in Italian and swapped to English suddenly. We knew the tour was short but we thought the "guided" tour would be more informative. Thank goodness the place is great and there was a rehearsal taking place ...that we had a little more than a minute and a half to enjoy. Too expensive a visit.
Written 20 July 2021
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