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Religion has given Palermo an endless number of processions. In Easter and Holy Week there are celebrations. The Greek Orthodox Church holds the celebration in La Martorana.
During the summer there are performances of music, cinema and ballet called Palermo di Scena.
Santa Rosalia’s day is celebrated between 10th and 15th July with displays of fireworks and carrying its relics along the streets.
From December to May Teatro Massimo starts its opera season.
Teatro della Verdura (Viale del Fante) with its venue at Villa Castelnuovo puts on ballet and music performances.
For good music and dance head for I Candelai (Via Candelai). There is live music, theatre and art exhibitions.
La Cuba (Viale Francesco Scaduto) offers wine cocktails, dishes and live music all year long in a fantastic setting which includes garden and a pretty backdrop.
A church which suffered bombardment houses today Lo Spasimo on Via Spasimo to enjoy art exhibitions and concerts.
In the late 19th century the Teatro Massimo was constructed by Giovanni and Ernesto Battista Basile to commemorate the Unification of Italy. It is the third largest European theatre. By all accounts Mafia and bureaucracy were responsible for the 24 years to complete its restoration.
Teatro Politeama Garibaldi on Piazza Ruggero Settimo was planned by Giuseppe Damián Almeida in the second half of the 19th century. Its façade is a remarkable feature.