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La Scala in Milan: our tips for your visit

The La Scala theater is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. With 3,000 seats, it is also one of the largest halls in the world, with a program that attractsopera lovers from around the world. In short, it is the home of Italian opera since 1781.

La Scala is one of the most visited sites in Milan. To avoid the crowds, we advise you to book your single tickets, or a guided tour, with skip-the-line tickets, online, to save precious time on the day of your visit.

We give you, below, all the practical information to facilitate your visit of the theater and its museum (price, organization, opening days and schedule) ….

Where is the La Scala or alla Scala (in Italian) theater located?

La Scala is located in the heart of the old town of Milan, in Piazza della Scala, with a “banal” facade for a theater, don’t worry, the magic happens inside the place.

The theater is a 5-minute walk from the Duomo, Milan’s cathedral, so you can easily visit both sites on the same day.

The different options to get there by public transportation:

  • Streetcar: line 1 or 2, stop Manzoni Scala
  • Subway: line 1 or 3, stop Duomo

How to visit La Scala in Milan

Schedule

The theater is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 amto 6 pm.

Rate

9€ full price, reduced price 6€ student and children up to 13 years old – under 12 years old free – family price

One-way ticket

Book your ticket for the theater and the museum on the official website (0,75€ booking fee per ticket) with audio guide, in French, and date + time to be selected at the time of your booking.

Guided tour in French of La Scala

➡️ Our recommendation: book your 1-hour guided tour, in French, of the La Scala theater and museum to learn the details, secrets and anecdotes related to this incredible place and the personalities who have walked on it.

Entrance tickets are included, so you don’t have to worry about them!

Price: 29€ full price – 19€ full reduced price from 4 to 11 years old and free under 11 years old – duration 1h – date and time to be selected at the time of your reservation – entrance ticket, ticket cutter, included

Combined guided tour of the Duomo and La Scala: two major points of interest

Milan’s cathedral, the Duomo, is one of the must-see sites during your visit to Milan, why not combine the two!

Book your combined guided tour of La Scala and the interior of the cathedral, the Duomo. For 2 hours, your guide will tell you all about the history and architecture of Milan and its two unmissable sites.

Entrance tickets to both sites are included.

Price : 45€ full price – duration 2h – date and time to be selected at the time of your reservationentrance ticket, for the 2 sites, with a ticket-cutter, included

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To know before your visit

  • We advise you to download the free app before your visit, and remember to bring your headphones. It is easy to use and informative. For the little ones, the application offers a playful treasure hunt through the Scala.
  • We advise you to inquire about rehearsal dates, as the public is not always allowed and you will unfortunately not have access to the hall.

Course of your visit

Your visit will begin with the La Scala Museum, which houses a rich collection of paintings related to the world of opera and objects related to the theater: costumes, busts, scores, binoculars, etc. ….

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Then you will cross the majestic reception hall which is used as a meeting place and exchange during the evenings of the show. Take your time to admire this room and contemplate its immense chandeliers and beautiful columns.

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Then you will reach the private boxes, located on the first floor, from where you can admire the stage and the mythical hall.

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History of the theater

The Scala of Milan, in Italian teatro alla Scala, was built in 1778. The theater was bombed in 1953 by the American air force and was then completely rebuilt and restored many times to become once again the temple of Italian lyrical art. Some seats can be purchased 1 year in advance and a grand opening gala is held at the beginning of each season.

Among the greatest artists who have walked on its floor we can mention Giuseppe Verdi who allowed the hall to reach its current prestige and Maria Callas who performed here for almost 10 years.

Why is it important to go and see La Scala?

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful theaters in the world, which is a very good reason to go and see it in real life during your visit to Milan!

Our tips for sleeping in Milan

Don’t hesitate to staying overnight in Milan opt for accommodation close to the historic center, near the Duomo! This allows you to visit a large part of the city on foot. The city is full of sublime hotels.

Our ideally located accommodation

1. Our favorite: INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo, just a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo. The hotel’s location is perfect for visiting Milan. Our room was spacious, clean and well decorated. We had an excellent stay.

2. Apartment: Brera apartments Alla Scala we had hesitated for a long time with this accommodation, which is also very well located. It’s an apartment, so it’s easier to cook than in a hotel.

We wish you an excellent trip, and don’t miss the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to a single work of art, but not just any work of art,“The Last Supper“, painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

! Don’t hesitate to leave us a quick note or 5 stars below, to let us know if you’re planning this trip, to ask any questions you may have, here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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My name is Floriane, and I've been an adventurer and travel enthusiast since I was very young. More than anything, I love sharing our travel stories and tips with you. We love short getaways as well as long trips. This blog was born after our backpacking trip around the world. We also went on a family tour of Europe.
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