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Teatro alla Scala: Our most recommended tours and activities

Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

Discover the Teatro Grande alla Scala, which is one most important focal points of both Italian and European culture. Built in 1778, the theater has hosted some of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Enjoy views of the famous stage from the third-level boxes. Explore the theater's Museum, which features a large collection of paintings, sketches, statues, original costumes, and other things related to opera. See musical instruments and other curios that tell the story of the theater.  The Museum Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and thirty manuscripts of complete works, as well as single sheets from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Learn about the beginnings of the career of Giussepe Verdi and his somewhat tumultuous relationship with the theater.

Milan: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Milan: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take advantage of this pass for Milan’s open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy panoramic views of the city. This ticket gives you access to 4 separate but connecting bus loops and allows you to jump off at the attractions you want to explore further. Choose from commentary available in 10 languages via audio guide and hear facts about notable buildings like the Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. You'll also learn about local food, including the recipe for Cotoletta alla Milanese and the history of the panettone. Buses run every 60 minutes, and should you need further information on board, assistants will be happy to help you with tips about monuments, shops, restaurants, and walking tours. Take the full Line A loop in 75 minutes, or hop off to explore any of the following attractions: Line A:  Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 - Cenacolo Stop 4 - Corso Magenta Stop 5 - Duomo Stop 6 - Manzoni - Scala Stop 7 - Manin Stop 8 - Moscova Line B: Stop 1 - Duomo Stop 2 – La Scala Stop 3 - Manin Stop 4 - Repubblica Stop 5 - Palazzo Lombardia Stop 6 - Stazione Centrale Stop 7 - Buenos Aires Stop 8 - Porta Venezia Stop 9 - San Babila Line C: Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Acquario Stop 3 - Garibaldi Stop 4 - City Life Stop 5 - Casa Milan Stop 6 - Mico - Congress Centre Stop 7 - Lotto -Montebianco Stop 8 - Lido Stop 9 - Ippodromo Stop 10 - Stadio San Siro Stop 11 - Lotto - Monterosa Stop 12 - Buonarroti Stop 13 - Pagano Stop 14 - Conciliazione Stop 15 - Parco Sempione Line D (from April to October): Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 – Cenacolo Stop 4 - Navigli Stop 5 – Via Olona Stop 6 – Corso Magenta Stop 7 – Duomo Stop 8 – La Scala Stop 9 - Brera

Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

3. Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

Discover Milan's rich musical history on a guided tour through one of the world's leading opera theaters. La Scala also houses its own museum, which hosts a vast collection of costumes, instruments, and other musical curios, as well as a gallery of busts and paintings portraying some of classical music's greatest artists, including Giussepe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. Explore the museum and hear fascinating tales and anecdotes about some of the marvelous musicians who have performed on La Scala's famous stage. You'll be immersed in the magic of the theater itself, with views from the boxes of the neoclassical interior and its monumental crystal chandelier. With good timing and a little bit of luck, you may even witness the artists rehearsing.

Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

4. Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

Discover La Scala Theater on this guided tour. Learn about its history, secrets, and the actors and musicians that found their inspiration in this very place. Milan is not only design, fashion, and nightlife: Milan is known also for its music. Right in the heart of the city, only a few steps from the Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, you'll find a temple to music: La Scala Theatre.  Over the years, many musicians have made their contributions here. Do you know Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas? These are only some of the names that have passed through this place.  La Scala Museum preserves the most important collection of set designs, musical instruments, and costumes used in the Theater's greatest performances. On this guided experience, admire the interior of this magical place and learn about its stories and fascinating history.

Milan 48-Hour City Pass: Discover Milan With One Card

5. Milan 48-Hour City Pass: Discover Milan With One Card

See the best of Milan at your own pace, and save money with a handy 2-day Milan Pass, offering free entrance to museums, and discounts at affiliated businesses worth more than EUR 300. Your Milan Pass is valid for 48 hours from the moment you pick it up, and is available with 2 exclusive transport options to get the best out of your stay. Choose a Milan Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket and tour the city on board the open-top double-decker bus. Available 7 days a week, the bus runs over 3 lines with more than 40 stops. Learn more from the on board audio commentary, available in 8 languages (including 3 exclusive commentaries for kids). A Milan Pass with ATM Public Transport Ticket gets you access to 5 metro lines and more than 100 tram and bus lines. Enjoy free, unlimited 48-hour travel on the city’s public transport system using one simple ticket. You can even purchase the full package and get a Milan Pass with both the hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket, and access to the ATM public transport system. Enjoy free entrance to city attractions such as: Access to the Duomo Cathedral Rooftop terraces (by lift) La Scala Museum and Theatre Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Highline Galleria Museum of Science and Technology Triennale Design Museum Casa Milan – Mondo Milan Museum Leonardo 3 – “The World of Leonardo” interactive museum Vigna di Leonardo – Leonardo’s Vineyard Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Museo d’Arte e Scienza – Art and Science MuseumNavigli Canal Cruise (spring/summer period)Shuttle bus to outlet stores

Milan: 3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Milan: 3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Piazza del Duomo and begin the tour with a stroll through the city’s historic center. As you explore Milan’s bustling streets, learn about local history, life, and culture from your knowledgeable guide. The tour passes by an array of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Castello Sforzesco, Merchant Square, Piazza della Scala, Cordusio, and many more. At each site, listen to stories about their history and importance. Arrive at the stunning Milan Cathedral, the third-largest Christian cathedral in the world. Head inside and marvel at the cathedral’s richly-decorated interior and ornate architecture. Hear how the cathedral inspired the works of many artists while admiring its colorful stained-glass windows. At the end of the tour, stop at a trendy hotspot only the locals know about for a classic Italian apéritif.

Essential Milan: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

7. Essential Milan: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 3-hour tour of Milan is designed for groups, and can accommodate up to 25 people. You’ll be led by a knowledgeable guide, who will begin by showing you the mighty Duomo Cathedral, telling you about its fascinating 5 centuries of history. See the Royal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Arengario Palace. Visit the famous Victor Emmanuel II Arcade, the first covered shopping mall in Europe that remains a luxury shopping site today. Your guide will show you La Scala theater, and Sforza Castle. During the tour you’ll see the exterior of the sites and your guide will tell you about the site’s importance and its history. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy the best of Milan. In addition to the spectacular architecture you’ll see fashionable shops and cafés and discover the city’s great art and religious architecture.

Da Vinci's Last Supper & Milan Sightseeing Tour

8. Da Vinci's Last Supper & Milan Sightseeing Tour

Discover some of Milan's most significant landmarks and masterpieces on a guided tour by bus. Marvel at the Last Supper up close, visit the famous Duomo gothic cathedral, see La Scala opera house in person, and more. Reservations to see the Last Supper are limited and sell out quickly, sometimes months in advance. This tour guarantees you access to the Last Supper in addition to an exciting sightseeing tour through downtown Milan. You will discover what makes Milan such a chic and trendy metropolis and tour one of the world's greatest fashion capitals, famous for its extravagant designer shows, boutiques, and outlet stores. Continue to Milan's famous Duomo, the impressive gothic cathedral and symbol of the city. Make a stop at Milan's renowned opera house, La Scala, where the great works of composers such as Verdi and Puccini have debuted, and artists such as Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti have enchanted audiences. Finally the bus will transfer you to Santa Maria delle Grazie, a church and Dominican convent, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will view the remarkable Last Supper by Da Vinci.

Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard & Sforza Castle Audio Guided Tour

9. Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard & Sforza Castle Audio Guided Tour

Download a self-guided tour of Sforza Castle and Leonardo's Vineyard. Listen to the audio guide explain the history, culture, and facts of these two iconic sites of Milan. Begin your tour by scanning your QR code to download the app and install your chosen content. The app will help you navigate Milan and show you the most picturesque short walking route from Leonardo's Vineyard to the Sforza Castle. Start the tour at Leonardo's Vineyard. With reserved entry, discover the forgotten story tying Leonardo da Vinci to Milan. The Vineyard was one of Leonardo’s most treasured possessions. Today, it has been brought back to life and its original vines have been restored, ready for you to discover. Continue your self-guided adventure at Sforza Castle. Explore a vast fortress that was once one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Learning about its fascinating history as you see historic displays and iconic works of art by the likes of Michelangelo and da Vinci. You can also enjoy a self-guided audio tour of Milan via the app. Use the navigation functionality on suggested walking routes as you are immersed in the culture and history of the city. See iconic landmarks including Duomo di Milano, Sforza Castle, Santa Maria delle Grazie and Sempione Park.

Milan: Walking Tour with Duomo and Last Supper Entry Tickets

10. Milan: Walking Tour with Duomo and Last Supper Entry Tickets

Skip the lines at Santa Maria delle Grazie with your priority access to admire Leonardo's Last Supper, and at the Gothic Duomo and the magnificent Church of San Maurizio. On a program divided into morning and afternoon sessions, your guide will take you on a journey through time from the medieval Mercanti Square to the Church San Satiro, with its trompe l'oeil perspective, to the provocative L.O.V.E. sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan. Take a leisurely walk along the fashion capital’s posh Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele with its many boutiques and cafès. Dream of operas and ballets in front of world-famous La Scala Opera House and imagine what it must have been like to live in the imposing Sforza Castle, home to intrigues and backstabbing.

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What people are saying about Teatro alla Scala

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7,184 reviews

The guide and the tour was fantastic. Your correspondence however can improve. We waited at the wrong location for the tour because your pindrop shows the meeting spot in front of the city hall rather than next to the museum shop. It was in the nord but I’m a visual learner and focused on the picture of the location. Otherwise, the tour was fantastic. I would recommend it and would go on it again.

outstanding museum and inside tour of the opera house - well worth it - the guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the opera house and shared many interesting stories - even if you dont like opera there is so much history here that enyone will find it a nice 1 hour experience to learn more about this historic place

Our guide was knowledgeable and paced the tour well, especially with a big group. I would have missed the history and interesting facts without the guide.

Paulo was such a great guide. He went over every single detail with interest and answered any questions we had for him! We really enjoyed our tour

The guide was very knowledgeable on all related topics and the tour was well paced and very interesting.