Teatro Massimo#5 in Best Things To Do in Sicily
Teatro Massimo is really the place to hear Puccini, Bellini or Verdi opera, since it's Italy's largest opera house, not to mention the third-largest opera house in the world. But even if your Italian tastes run more to the Mafia than prima donnas, you might still want to plan a visit here: The Godfather: Part III's closing scenes were filmed here. One TripAdvisor user says: "To fully experience and get a glimpse of the wealthy Palermitans you must watch a performance. Not only that but the level of the orchestra, opera and ballet is excellent and there are often star guests from opera houses around the world so you will have a lovely evening amongst the splendour of the building."
You'll find this grand opera house on the Piazza Verdi in Palermo. For more information on performances and tickets, visit the official website.
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#1 Mount Etna
This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD. Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.
One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.
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