Teatro Massimo
Teatro Massimo
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • Cynicoren
    Beersheba, Israel2,920 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive but not well maintained
    We visited with a tour guide. The building is very impressive, the tour is pretty short (about 30 minutes), the tour guide was very nice. There are small art exhibitions in a main room (with the ceiling that reminds Florence). On the other hand, the building is not maintained well enough, as spots of water are seen in the halls - probably because of the humidity, and, well, bad maintenance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Patricia D
    Crandon, Wisconsin33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Luciana for a fabulous tour of Teatro Massimo!
    Luciana did an excellent job touring our group around the Teatro Massimo. She spoke fluently in Italian, French and English. Her knowledge of the history of the Teatro is impressive. It made the opera we attended that night even more enjoyable.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Guglielmo L
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Theater In Palermo!
    The Teatro Massimo is very impressive! It's similar to La Scala in Milan, which I have also visited. The tour guide was a very friendly young lady. I can't remember her name, but she gave the tour in both English and Italian and I think she did a great job! She even told us that there is a legend of the ghost of a nun who haunts the building and tries to trip visitors on the steps, but fortunately that didn't happen to me or anyone else who was on the tour with me! Definitely a must see when you go to Palermo!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Kenya C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning :)
    I participated in a tour of the theater. Teatro Massimo is very beautiful and a must see if visiting Palermo. During our tour, we were able to watch an orchestra practice... a moment I will always remember. I hope to return in the future for a live show :)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 2023
  • TomasoVernon_B_C_
    Vernon, Canada222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Tour!
    We had such a fun tour with our Guide who spoke English very well and then switched to French for a young French couple. So many fun facts about the Opera House that were both interesting and fun to know. Highly recommend !
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
  • R K L
    Seattle, Washington3,757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, enchanting, imposing and impressive...
    For Euro12 each, the guided tour of Teatro Massimo was well worth the money. The building in and of itself was imposing and impressive, but to fully appreciate the significance of the opera house, one must also explore its interior. Since there were no live performances during our time in Palermo, our best available option was the guided tour in English. Yes, some additional preventive maintenance was needed and no doubt will be done as schedules and funds allow...probably similar to our own homes. Overall, the viewing of Teatro Massimo was both interesting and enchanting, so now we only lack attending a live performance. Throughout our tour, I tended to trail the group a bit. The photo ops were cleaner and mostly devoid of other people.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The largest theater in Italy and the third largest opera house in Europe
    After taking some pictures of this huge building from the outside and the magnificent bust of Giuseppe Verdi, we saw that there was a guided tour in about an hour. We decided that it would be great if we saw this opera house from the inside and learned about its history! The Teatro Massimo, the largest in Italy and the third largest in Europe after the Paris Opera and the Staatsoper in Vienna is really grandiose! We visited the entrance hall and the hall with the mirrors before we entered the auditorium in a classical horseshoe shape! It has 1381 seats with six tears of boxes above the central floor area! The ceiling is also fascinating, it is a hemispherical dome, almost 29 metres in diameter, the central circle-shaped part is surrounded by eleven petal-shaped parts that can be opened to provide ventilation. The stage is enormous, three times the auditorium, with dimensions of fifty meters in height, forty meters in depth, and thirty meters across. We also visited the Royal Box with the initials VE of King Vittorio Emanuelle. But he never visited this opera house. The Royal Box (and the outside staircase leading to the entrance) became very famous as important scenes from the Godfather III movie were shot there. The last fantastic spot we visited was the Meeting Hall. It was designed with an enormous echo so that no one could eavesdrop on the confident conversation. Last but not least we have to mention the excellent cafeteria where we waited for the beginning of the guided tour!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Sally62
    Northampton, United Kingdom5,790 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    Beautiful opera house with guided tours which is well worth doing - the building is stunning. There is a programme of performances on their website but we weren't visiting when anything was on. Looks stunning at night when lit up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
  • Suzy C
    Lochristi, Belgium68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit Theatro massimo
    Take the guided tour of Theatro Massimo inside. It was a great tour, with explanation and questions answered. Bought tickets on location, not much wait for guided tour and group not too large.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
  • Kahleen C
    Glasgow, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must stay in Palermo.
    This is a very spacious and stunning apartment with incredible views over the Teatro and the Teatro square. It is probably. one of the finest locations in Palermo old town. We rented the large one bedroom apartment (two bathrooms) and it was everything we had hoped for. It was not inexpensive but we cannot recommend it enough. There were a couple of balconies, perfect for enjoying the night scenes of old town Palermo. The apartment is well situated for eateries (spoiled for choice), shops, and historic sites (Quattro Canti is a short stroll away) as are several markets. The old town is buzzing all day and into the night although we heard no noise at night and slept soundly. The apartment is well equipped if you felt like self catering although the local restaurants are far too tempting. Guiseppe was a very helpful host and arranged taxis for us on two occasions. He responded quickly and positively to any of our queries. Stunning apartment and a stunning stay.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2024
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Fascinating to know that while Teatro Massimo is not as well known, it is the largest theatre in Italy. We didn’t manage to catch a show here as the year-end performances were hugely popular. But we managed to watch the performances broadcast live on a big screen right outside the theatre. We later learned that this practice stems from their belief that theatre is for everyone, not just the elites and they’ve a mission to bring it to the masses, by keeping fees low and by live streaming their performances. Bravo!
Written 24 May 2020
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Tony36
Crowborough, UK1,008 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed the services of a very helpful guide who spoke perfect English. Some you win and this was a fine example of that saying. We were lucky to be there on a day that a performance was to take place in the evening. We thought that this might cramp the occasion but no, the exact opposite. We were allowed to sit for quite a while in the stalls and listen to the orchestra performing on the stage. Then we were taken up to sit in the "Royal Box" and watch some more. All in all, a delightful experience. Magnificent historic building.
Written 20 February 2020
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ellavie
athens62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We opted to pass on the inside tour after some others told us the cost was not worth the short tour given in two languages. Instead we walked the exterior and still found this to be well worth the time to visit. In addition to the structure the plaza and neighborhood and the two kiosks at each end of the plaza are to be noted.
Written 2 April 2023
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The construction of the Masimo Theater's impressive building was completed in 1897. The Opera House was dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuel II. This huge building is 7700 square meters and is considered the largest Concert / Opera hall in Italy and one of the three largest halls in Europe. It is highly recommended to join a guided tour of the place and be impressed by the stunning design and great richness of the complex. Concert lovers are advised to check the schedule and try to get tickets for a concert. The couple of our friends (who traveled with us) bought tickets the day before the concert and were thrilled by the quality of the hall's acoustics. "Highly recommended".
Written 11 July 2020
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Clara
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The theater is a gem. However the tour is an absolute scam. The tour was done in 20 minutes in 2 languages by a guide who spoke as fast as she could to seemingly kick us out as fast as possible. We didn't even get to see one of the small box.
Written 6 November 2022
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Rod B
Barwon Heads, Australia204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A beautiful theatre in Palermo - 3rd largest Opera house in Italy. It’s being gradually renovated but is still in remarkable condition. There is a 30 min tour worth doing - 4 Euro pp. The guide was knowledgable and informative.
Written 15 January 2020
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Chel_brfc
Crewe, UK287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The tour is very short (30mins long) and does feel quite rushed, with other tour groups being ushered everywhere around you, but impressive. We were lucky enough to see some rehearsals happening as we were shown the theatre, perhaps if we hadn’t seen this the experience would have been less impressive. The theatre however is beautiful and experiencing the acoustics was an added bonus. It would have been improved if we could have had had more time to explore.
Written 9 October 2022
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cobbers2
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The tour guide spoke Italian and English. She gave a very detailed history of this magnificent building and gave opportunities to ask questions.
The tour starts off downstairs going through the tender process. The actual model of the building is still in the theatre. Then you go into the theatre itself, go up to the royal box and private room. Also visit the smoking room and explanation of the design of the room with special acoustics.
It is the largest theatre in Italy and third largest in Europe.
Well worth the €10 fee.
Written 11 June 2022
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA479 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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