The Andromeda Theatre is an oper-air museum at an altitude of over 1,000 metres. In Sicily every corner is a wonderful place.
Situated in the heart of the Sicani Mountains, near Santo Stefano Quisquina in the province of Agrigento, the theatre is built entirely in stone and it is surrounded by wild nature overlooking a breathtaking panorama.
The view is truly unique: in the distance you can even see the Strait of Sicily, the coast of Sciacca and the island of Pantelleria.
The construction of the Andromeda Theatre
The Andromeda Theatre is an unfinished work by Sicilian shepherd and sculptor Lorenzo Reina. About thirty years ago, when he was grazing with his flock discovered this place. He was inspired by the traditional Sicilian stone enclosures housing the flocks to realise this project.
The result is a sheepfold that has become a theatre, a place of art and poetry, totally immersed in the majesty of Sicilian nature, far away from the clichés, the modernity and the external world.
The 108 seats, created from cubic blocks of light-coloured stone and arranged seemingly at random, are actually shaped like eight-pointed stars if you look at the theatre from above. Every block represents the place of each 108 stars of the Andromeda constellation. Including the gaps between the spaces are an accurate reproduction of the constellation.
The theatre is enclosed by a stone wall, with a door that literally overlooks the cliff, giving space to the entire panorama towards the horizon.
The open-air construction gives the feeling of being part of the landscape around. When you cross the door, you leave one world to access into a new one where light alternates with shadows.
Visiting the theatre
The Andromeda Theatre can be visited every day, including holidays, by booking on the official website. Please check in advance if there are special events hosted. The most anticipated day of the year for visiting is the longest day of the year: the summer solstice. Every 21 June at 19:45, people gather in front of the Enigmatic Mask of the Word to admire the sunset behind the hollow face of the sculpture that seems pronuncing words of light.
We recommend to book the entrance for the solstice in advance.