Fondazione Teatro Massimo
The HotelSphere has been a sponsor of the Teatro Massimo Opera & Ballet Season and Concert Season since 2007. The hotel is a proud supporter of the organization of the cultural programme of Europe's third largest opera house, a masterpiece of architecture and a symbol for the city of Palermo, which hosted directors like Ang Lee and Terry Gilliam, and, thanks to this partnership, can provide you with a special booking hotline, discounted price tickets and the possibility to organize, upon request, personalized tours of the theatre.
Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
Set up in 1951, the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra, composed of 92 member, is one of the largest in Italy, together with the RAI National Orchestra in Turin and the St. Cecilia National Orchestra in Rome. Throughout its history, it was one of the main actors of many key seasons for musical culture and its diffusion, and played a major role in the Sicilian and Italian music scene. The Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra participates every year to many relevant national and international events. Directed by Gabriele Ferro since 1979, it is based in the evocative Politeama Garibaldi Theatre.
Museo Civico di Castelbuono
Located inside the Ventimiglia Castle in Castelbuono, a fascinating town in the Madonie mountains, 95 km from Palermo, the Museo Civico features prized historical and artistic collections, collected in the urban planning, archeological, sacred art and contemporary painting sections. This historical frame is the home to one of the most stimulating workshops of research and study on contemporary art in Sicily, whereby it hosts temporary exhibitions, cooperations, debates and presentations. The Museum is also an important observatory on the Mediterranean, hosting debates, talks, concerts and events.
Modusvivendi is the most famous independent bookshop in Palermo, situated in one of the most elegant side streets of viale della Liberta. Specialized in niche publishing houses and emerging authors, it has been for the past few years one of the most innovative players in the local cultural scene, thanks to its readings, afternoon sessions and sunday breakfast meetings, turning a book presentation in an unusual event where to exchange experiences, ideas and visions.
The Ars Mediterranea Cultural Association promotes the culture of contermporary art in Sicily and in Palermo. Thanks to its noteworthy cooperation with the Modern Art Gallery in Palermo, it organized large solo exhibitions of the main players of contemporary art in Palermo, including Francesco de Grandi, Francesco Simeti, Alessandro Bazan, Adalberto Abbate. With The HotelSphere, it carries out a series of temporary exhibitions at Hotel Plaza Opéra.
Sicilia Outlet Village
The first fashion outlet village in Sicily, the Sicilia Outlet Village has more than a hundred single-brand boutiques, from household products to make up, clothing for children, casualwear, footwear and accessories, at discounted prices throughout the year from 30% to 70%. The Village is located in Agira, 150 km away from Palermo, on motorway A19 towards Catania, and offers a shuttle service with fixed times (in winter: 10am from Piazza Politeama, Saturdays and Sundays) or to be organized on request for a minimum of 30 people. All hotel guests, upon request at the Front Desk, will be able to get a VIP card at the Village InfoPoint, to enjoy an additional 10% discount.
Prestia e Comandé
Set up in 1946, Prestia e Comandé has always focused on the transportation of tourists, investing in GT coaches and organizing tours of Sicily and national / international services, relying on its reliability as a company and the professional attitude of its drivers. Prestia e Comandé is also a player in the local public transportation sector, guaranteeing rides to and from the Falcone and Borsellino Airport every thirty minutes and serving urban and intercity routes in several towns of Sicily.
Thanks to its new website and to the iOS and Android apps, it is now possibile to be constantly updated on the timetables, to purchase a ticket and book a seat via web, smartphone and tablet, to localize the coach you are riding on and to calculate arrival times to the various stops.