Teatro Massimo

Teatro Massimo, Palermo: Address, Phone Number, Teatro Massimo Reviews: 4.5/5

Teatro Massimo
4.5
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.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Teatro Massimo
The area
Address
Best nearby
Restaurants
1,671 within 5 kms
Attractions
416 within 5 kms
Popular mentions

4.5
3,453 reviews
Excellent
2,113
Very good
974
Average
267
Poor
50
Terrible
49

Demetr7
Canton of Basel, Switzerland59 contributions
Enjoyable plunge into the theater atmosphere
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA10,905 contributions
Beautiful Building
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karolina R
Vilnius, Lithuania3 contributions
Love it!
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marie V
Paris, France245 contributions
Could you provide real guides please !
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,627 contributions
Ghosts and the Godfather
Feb 2020
This is an impressive pile. However it was still a surprise to learn that it’s the largest opera house in Italy, outstripping Milan’s La Scala or Venice’s La Fenice. It's the 3rd largest in the world and all the greats like Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland have performed here.
The monumental façade has a sweeping staircase, which featured in the final scenes of Godfather III and leads to a Pantheon-like entry. At the top are Corinthian columns, a triangular portico and a lofty Latin inscription across the architrave, “Art renews the people and reveals life. Love of art is in vain if it does not aim to prepare the future”
The classical architecture and ancient Greek styling made me think it was much older than it is. I was again surprised to learn that it was actually built in late 19th century, with the first performance, Falstaff by Verdi, on 16th May, 1897.
However, it’s still old enough to have a good ghost story. Apparently a nun’s grave was destroyed during the construction and she now haunts the theatre’s backstage. Non-believers and skeptics are liable to trip on a particular part of the staircase known as the nun’s step.
I particularly liked the 2 bronze lions, standing either side of the grand staircase. The one on the right looked vicious. His teeth are bared, his tail tuck out, ramrod straight and he looks ready to attack at any moment. It amused us that even the figure sitting on his back, holding a Greek theatre mask, seems a bit alarmed and looks ready to jump off and make good an escape. The lion on the left looks a bit better humoured but perhaps that is because the figure on his back playing the pipes. Maybe a case of music calming the savage beast?
You can only see inside by joining the guided tour or having tickets to a performance. The tour (8€) is available several times a day in English and Italian. Although it’s not long (only 30 min), we ran out of time to do this. However, you can see the outside very clearly from the street as there are no other buildings blocking the façade or sides. It is also worth walking past at night if your travels take you that way because it is dramatically lit at night time and looks quite beautiful.
Written 31 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

petesaund
United Kingdom1,043 contributions
What a privilege
Sep 2020
We were so fortunate to be in Palermo to experience a semi stage production of Don Giovanni in a time of Covid
The covid precautions were very strict as expected and the success of future productions may follow this template although there are financial implications
The orchestra stalls were removed to make way for socially distanced orchestra and the orchestra pit was covered to expand the stage
Considering the circumstances the singing and music was of highest standard assisted by amazing acoustics of the opera house
The fact that most of the 1500 seat capacity was boxes made it easier to be covid compliant with maximum two to a box from different households and three for same household.This reduced the capacity to 250-300
The staging props were replaced by a screen with moving images from Venice with enhanced lighting effects
It is an incredibly beautiful opera house performing an opera to highest standards in such challenging circumstances
Written 23 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Good guided visit
Aug 2020
You can get a guided tour for 8 eur. It is only half an hour, but is enough for you to enjoy this outstanding theatre. They do visits until 6pm.
Written 6 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Excursion02567786141
3 contributions
Impressive building with amazing accoustics
Oct 2020
With more than 7000 square meters, this theatre is Europes biggest after Paris and Vienna. It's impressive for it's architecture and astonishing acoustics. Loved every bit of it.
Written 5 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sal F
Brussels, Belgium245 contributions
Masterpiece in Palermo
Sep 2020 • Family
Its a must if you’re in town you can also visit th terrace to have a gorgeous view from the too but unfortunately it’s shut due to covid :(
Written 26 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

fleuraimee
Edam, The Netherlands14 contributions
Quick and informative
Aug 2020 • Friends
I watched all 3 parts of The Godfather with my father a few years back, so when me I my friend booked our trip I told her it was a must to visit the theatre. I personally am not a big fan of tours; I prefer to do my own thing. But the lady that gave us the tour was very sweet and knew a lot about the building. Her English was not the best and due to COVID-19 she was wearing a facemask so she was a bit hard to understand at times, but she really tried and told everthing with lots passion. The tour only takes about 20/30 minutes and costs only about 5 euros pp, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 800
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Teatro Massimo

We recommend booking Teatro Massimo tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 49 Teatro Massimo tours on Tripadvisor

According to Tripadvisor travelers, these are the best ways to experience Teatro Massimo: See all Teatro Massimo experiences on Tripadvisor