Massimo Vittorio Emanuele Theatre
The Massimo Vittorio Emanuele Theatre is the largest opera theatre in Italy ,it is also the third in Europe for its architectural size after the Opéra in Paris and Wien. Reception rooms, halls, galleries and monumental staircases surround the parterre, forming an architectural complex of grandiose proportions.
It was built in the nineteenth century neoclassical style, contrasting the earlier baroque style.
Thirty five architects from different nationalities competed to win the contract of its construction. The contest was finally won by the famous Gian Battista Basile, from Palermo, at whose death, his son, Ernesto Basile, took his place. He was the most important figure of liberty style in Italy (he worked at Montecitorio).