Lifting the curtain on Palermo, Sicily


Explore the drama of the Sicilian capital

One of Italy’s most enthralling cities, Palermo has no shortage of cultural highlights and a star among them is Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy.

Villa Igiea is the only hotel in Italy to collaborate with Palermo’s neoclassical theatre, standing proud on the Piazza Verdione. Through this unique partnership, Villa Igiea, Rocco Forte Hotels’ beautiful 19th century palazzo, presents an unforgettable cultural evening in the Sicilian capital.


A theatrical night out

The stage is set for a memorable cultural experience and a very glamorous theatrical experience. The night begins with aperitivo hour at Villa Igiea, watching the sun slowly set on the horizon and out over the Gulf of Palermo.

Guests then travel in style, transported by private car from the hotel to stage door. After the  final curtain fall, it’s time to share theatre reviews over a three-course dinner at Florio, with wines specially selected to accompany the food.


Summertime ballet, Bizet’s Carmen

Arriving at Villa Igiea this summer, your clients can enrich their stay with a dip into cultural waters. Witness the creative choreography of Leo Mujić as he reveals a fresh spin on Bizet’s classic ballet, Carmen.

Watching the ballet is a wonderful way to see Italy’s largest theatre, known for its gold and red auditorium and ceiling mural of angels and musicians painted by the Palermo-born artist Rocco Lentini. With our summer experience, guests can enjoy complimentary tickets to the theatre and drinks overlooking the Gulf of Palermo when aperitivo hour calls.

12th to 19th June, 2023


Autumnal opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Looking ahead to the end of autumn in Palermo, the theatre season comes to a grand finale with a rousing operatic production of Don Giovanni. Mozart’s emotive score brings Lord Byron’s satirical poem to the stage, concluding with a dramatic finish.

23rd October to 3rd November, 2023


Villa Igiea is perfectly located to visit exhibitions, concerts, ballets and other cultural events in Palermo. For reservations please call +39 06 3288 8590 or email