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  • Address: Piazza Verdi, Palermo 90138, Italy
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-1:30pm, Tue-Thu 3pm-5pm

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Teatro Massimo Tours

Palermo’s beautiful opera house, the Teatro Massimo, is the largest opera house in the entire country. It’s an important landmark in the center of historic Palermo, and even if you don’t like opera you may be familiar with the theater’s imposing front staircase.

The Teatro Massimo was built in the late 1800s, opening in 1897 with a production of “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi. The original plan called for seating for 3,000 in the audience, but the theater seats 1,350 today. There are seven levels of theater boxes in a semi-circle around the seats on the floor, all pointed toward the stage - a design very typical of opera houses at the time. As mentioned, it’s the largest opera house in Italy - and it ranks third in size in Europe.

The regular opera season in the Teatro Massimo excludes the summer, so if you’re visiting in the fall, winter, or early spring you can check with the box office to find out what’s playing and whether there are any seats available. In the summer, there are sometimes smaller orchestral or ballet performances in the Teatro della Verdura in Palermo instead of the Teatro Massimo. Palermo’s grand opera house is open for tours year-round, however. Inquire at the box office inside the main doors.

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And if you’re wondering why the Teatro Massimo looks familiar even if you don’t have an affinity for opera, then you should know that the final scenes of “The Godfather Part III” were filmed at the theater - including a dramatic scene filmed right on the theater’s front staircase.

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Half-day Tour of Monreale, Palermo Market and Palermo City Center

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This tour will give you the opportunity to visit Monreale's cathedral, world renowned for Arab-Norman golden mosaics and included in the Unesco World heritage ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.03
Palermo Street Food Walking Tour, Palermo, Half-day Tours
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour

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Bite into delicious Sicilian snacks on a 3- or 4-hour small-group food tour around Palermo. Accompanied by a local guide, take a journey through the city’s ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Palermo, Street Food Tours
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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Palermo Segway Tour, Palermo, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Palermo Segway Tour

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See the best of Palermo on a 3-hour city tour by Segway! While gliding around its vibrant streets, learn all about the city from a local expert guide, who will ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.09
Palermo Small Group Walking Tour: Discover Sicily's Capital City and its Anti-Mafia Culture, ... 
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Palermo Small Group Walking Tour: Discover Sicily's Capital City and its Anti-Mafia Culture

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Experience in a small group the gorgeous Italian scenery on your way through Palermo city, seeing historic sights at every turn whilst discovering about the ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.79
Palermo and Monreale Tour, Palermo, Cultural Tours
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Palermo and Monreale Tour

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See the sights of the Sicilian capital and the hilltop town of Monreale with a local guide. The 4-hour tour starts with the visit of the Unesco City of ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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