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Teatro Massimo

  • Piazza Verdi 9 Map It
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Updated 04/11/2014

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Construction of this formidable Neoclassical theater, the largest in Italy, was started in 1875 by Giovanni Battista Basile and completed by his son Ernesto in 1897. A reconstruction project started in 1974 ran into gross delays, and the facility remained closed until just before its centenary in 1997. Its interior is as glorious as ever. The Godfather: Part III ended with a famous shooting scene on the theater's steps. Visits, by 25-minute guided tour only, are

available in five languages, including English.

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Piazza Verdi 9, at top of Via Maqueda, Palermo, 90134, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €8
  • 25-min guided tours Tues.–Sun. 9:30–5 (depending on performances: if there is a 4 pm performance, the last tour is at 3 pm, while a 5:30 pm performance will result in a 4 pm final tour)

Updated 04/11/2014


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