Dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Politeama Garibaldi is a graceful neo-classical theater so distinctive that inhabitants refer to Ruggero Settimo Square as "Piazza Politeama." Designed in neoclassical style by architect Damiani Almeyda, it was the first of a series of theaters built by wealthy urbanites in the second half of the 19th century. Finished in 1874, the Teatro was central to Palermo's social life with operas, plays, equestrian events and gymnastics performed here. The circular shaped theater, supported by imposing ionic columns, has a seating capacity of 5000 and is reminiscent of ancient Rome and its traditions. The main entrance has the shape of a triumphal arc, topped by a bronze Apollo's chariot by sculptor Mario Rutelli. But the main peculiarity is the colorful fresco painting on the external surfaces representing a circus play in Pompeian style, making the theater look more pleasant and gentle than impressive. Originally a multifunctional theater, nowadays Politeama hosts mainly symphonic and chamber concerts, jazz and sometimes contemporary music. Especially noteworthy is the season offered every year by the "Amici della Musica" society.
- Open Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM, Sunday to Saturday from 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM
- Type: Theater