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Politeama Garibaldi Theater
Located in the fascinating Piazza Ruggero Settimo, one of the liveliest and most aesthetically pleasing in the city of Palermo, the Politeama Garibaldi Theater is a majestic Pompeian-style building, designed by the eminent architect Giuseppe Damiani Almejda.

The Politeama Garibaldi Theater was born in response to the rise of the bourgeoisie in the second half of the 19th century and to the needs of new city neighborhoods and theaters. This theater revolutionized the cultural scene of Palermo, filling the structural and dimensional gaps of pre-existing theaters such as the Carolino Theatre, Santa Cecilia, San Ferdinando and Sant'Anna.

Its construction began in 1867 and was completed in 1891, following a careful decision-making process that took place under the aegis of the municipal administration. Damiani Almejda, already commissioned for the construction of a politeama theater (intended for various genres of shows) through a sort of reserved competition, was selected for his visionary design, which would have brought Palermo into line with the most modern European standards of the time .

Characterized by an imposing circular structure and an "Arch of Triumph" at the entrance, surmounted by a magnificent bronze quadriga, the theater is a true architectural and artistic masterpiece. When the theater was inaugurated, on 7 June 1874, with the opera "I Capuleti ei Montecchi" by Vincenzo Bellini, it was still incomplete in its internal and external decorations, it lacked floors, doors, stage tables, dressing rooms, of the wings and above all of the coverage. The Politeama Garibaldi Theater has undergone numerous interventions that have led to its current form, embellished with polychrome decorations and art sculptures, thanks to the contribution of artists of caliber such as Gustavo Mancinelli, Francesco Padovani, and many others.

Today, the Politeama Garibaldi Theater is the headquarters of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra Foundation, an institution of high cultural importance founded in 1951. Although it requires restoration work, especially in the interior, it remains one of the most important monuments of the city, so much so that it is often identified as the best-known landmark of the square in which it is located.

In the garden outside the theater there are sculptures by prestigious artists such as Valerio Villareale, Benedetto De Lisi and Antonio Ugo, while the square in front is embellished with a marble monument dedicated to Ruggero Settimo, a work by Benedetto De Lisi. With its refined elegance and artistic richness, the Politeama Theater represents a gem set in the heart of Palermo, and an essential point of reference in the Italian cultural panorama.

Politeama Garibaldi Theater

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The Foundation makes its heritage of spaces, structures and services available which, subject to internal institutional activities, can be rented for initiatives consistent with the decorum of the Theater as they have cultural and social purposes specific to the Institution.
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