FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Excellence Collection

Teatro Massimo, the Biggest Opera House in Italy

by Jack Guy

Aug 22, 2019

Belize © Vitalyedush | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / Europe

Sitting on Piazza Verdi in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, this decadent opera house is the biggest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Opened in 1897, Teatro Massimo was built in honor of King Victor Emanuel II. Its main purpose was to boost the standing of Palermo, the second-largest city in southern Italy, after the unification of the country in 1861.

The design was drawn up by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile, who died in 1891 before the project was completed. However his son, Ernesto Basile, took up the reins and saw the project through to completion.

These days there are still regular performances, including opera, ballet, recitals and concerts. Upcoming shows include La Traviata and Lo Schiaccianoci. If you don’t want to see a show you can still visit the building on a guided tour, which costs $9 for an adult ticket.

You can also add extras to your tour, such as visit to the roof terrace, which offers great views over Palermo. There is an option to take in a tour and a show, or a tour and cocktail in the Royal Box. You can take a tour everyday, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

 

#TrazeeTravel

Insta Feed
Tips / Other
Feb 21, 2020

How to Deal With an Airport Protest

Widespread unrest in various parts of the world is disturbing enough, but when an airport protest is scheduled to take place at your local airport or at one you will be visiting in the near future, your getaway can quickly turn stressful. Here’s how to handle travel amid an airport protest.

Rental Cars Offer Flexibility for Business, Leisure or Both

Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.

Tips / Travel
Feb 21, 2020

Get The Most Comfort Out of Your Ailrine Seat

 If sitting upright surrounded by strangers for hours at a time sounds uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Economy seating isn’t optimized for comfort, but there are a few inventive ways to make your ride more enjoyable without shelling out extra dough for an upgrade.

Tips / Safety
Feb 21, 2020

How to Tell if You’re Too Sick to Travel

After forking over heaps of money for an airplane ticket, the thought of missing the flight due to illness can be disheartening. Whether you’re battling the sniffles or a serious illness, here’s how to tell whether you’re probably okay to fly versus when you should stay home and investigate your reimbursement options.

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.

Tips / Safety
Feb 21, 2020

Flying Shouldn’t be Scary: Learn to Deal with Your Fear in a Healthy Way

There’s nothing natural about careening through the sky in a metal box over mountains and oceans for hours at a time, so it’s not surprising how many people struggle with a fear of flying. Whether you fly often but constantly dread it or you’re jetting off on your first-ever flight, here are a few tips to keep in mind to assuage your fears.