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Montecasino, Sandton

montecasino sandtonMontecasino is a major recreational centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. It was named after Montecasino, which is a rocky hill about 130 km south of Rome, Italy, 2 km to the west of the town of Cassino. Montecasino was voted best entertainment complex in South Africa in 2006. The centre was built to resemble an old Italian castle. Montecasino is marketed as one of Gauteng’s premier entertainment destinations.

Inside the peaceful village is a R1.4 billion gaming, retail and leisure complex that includes a casino area that has more than 1700 slot machines and 70 gaming tables, the 5-star Palazzo MonteCasino Hotel, conferencing facilities, a wide-range of themed restaurants, shops and the Pieter Toerien Theatre. Montecasino boasts with the biggest movie screen in all of Africa named "Il Grande" and also offers a skate park.

Montecasino recently launched a new piazza area consisting of 6 new restaurants, a high-class business hotel and a 1900 seater theater, The Teatro, which is currently the largest theater in South Africa. The Teatro is acoustically designed for large scale musical productions and it can accommodate 1 870 people at full capacity. Despite the vast number of seats, the Teatro has an unmistakable intimacy and no seat is further than 33 metres from the stage. The Teatro was constructed at a cost of over R100 million by Tsogo Sun Gaming and is one of the 10 largest Lyric theatres in the world.

Off to one corner of Montecasino is the Palazzo hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel with 246 rooms and a swimming pool, whilst next door to the Montecasino is the Montecasino Bird Gardens - roughly 1000 birds and small animals housed in their natural setting. Here, you can wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. In the walk-through Aviary, you'll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, Royal Starlings and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth.

What makes Montecasino even more attractive is its accessibility to just about anywhere. The complex is only 30 minutes away from OR Tambo airport, it is close to numerous other shopping malls, just about all the major highways are accessible from here, and Sandton CBD is only moments away.

 


 

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