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Piazza Verdi


Entertainment and Nightlife, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The largest theater in Italy, Teatro Massimo is located in Palermo and opened in 1897. The theater, which is known for its exceptional acoustics (and its appearance in "The Godfather: Part III"), hosts opera, ballet and music performances throughout the year.

According to recent visitors, the building is impressive and the neoclassical architecture magnificent. Reviewers suggested looking at the performance calendar ahead of your visit to see if any shows pique your interest. If not, consider tagging along on a guided tour of the theater.

Ticket prices for guided tours start at 8 euros (about $9) for adults and 5 euros (about $5.60) for those ages 6 to 25. Entrance is free for visitors 6 and younger. Thirty-minute tours are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours that include a visit to the theater's rooftop and backstage area are also available. You'll find the theater in Palermo's Piazza Verdi. For more information, visit the theater's website.

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There are many lovely islands off the coast of Sicily, and the hardest part may be choosing which ones to see. A popular choice is the Aeolian Islands, located near Messina and composed of seven main islands, which were created by active volcanoes. There you will find incredible sites like a Greek acropolis, a Norman cathedral, beautiful beaches, volcanic vents and even lava running into the sea.

Past visitors recommended visiting Stromboli volcano (seeing it at night when erupting is extra spectacular), the Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano on Lipari, the Scalata al Cratere on Isola Vulcano and Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani on Lipari, as well.

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