The opera house was designed and overseen by the Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile, who was well known in Sicily for his previous cathedral restoration design in the city of Acireale, as well as garden and villa designs in the city of Palermo and Caltagirone. Following G. B. F. Basile's death in 1891, construction was then overseen by his son, Architect Ernesto Basile.

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Price guide

3-Day Tour Price Indication
From £595 per person
Includes: two nights accommodation with breakfast and taxes, top-category seat for one performance, opera synopsis, restaurant recommendations and city map.
Flights are not included but lowest fares can be sourced at time of booking.

Opera In Style's Favourite Hotels

  • Grand Hotel Wagner

    Where else! This 4-star superior hotel is, of course, named after the giant of German opera who lived in this street with his family between 1881-1882. Perfectly located just a few hundred yards from Teatro Massimo in the centre of this amazing city. Palermo, the Sicilian capital is a lively city with mediaeval streets, markets, art and architecture, world renowned opera, Baroque churches and the beautiful Norman Cathedral at Monreale located just seven kilometres from the city centre.