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Teatro alla Scala Milan

Visit La Scala, opera and theater building in Milan

Teatro alla Scala

The Teatro alla Scala, also known as 'la Scala', is Milan's neoclassical theater and opera house. Tips for your visit:

Info, Tours & Tickets Teatro alla Scala

Location Via Filodrammatici 2, easily accessible by metro (line 1 or 3 stop 'Duomo'). From the metro stop, walk only 200 meters.
Tickets
  • Tour of theater building and museum 29 € (book your tickets)
  • With this tour you get to see the theater from the boxes on the third level as long as there are no closed rehearsals.
  • Want to attend a performance? Book tickets and view the program at this website.
Hours
  • Museum: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Closed: December 7, 24, 25, 26 and 31, January 1, Easter, May 1 and August 15.
Website Museo Scala website

Visit Teatro alla Scala

This theater in Milan is also called La Scala and when visiting the theater you will witness special neoclassical architecture. Teatro alla Scala was built to replace another theater, which was unfortunately completely destroyed by fire in the eighteenth century. Milan has therefore always been the location for opera; only a church had to make way for the new theater to be built. Famous operas have been performed here for the first time in this theatre, such as Verdi's Otello, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Bellini's Norma.

History of the theater

In World War II, the theater was heavily damaged during bombing raids in Milan. Fortunately, with the help of the few outer walls that survived, it was possible to restore it to its former glory. After that, the Teatro alla Scala underwent a major renovation at the beginning of the 21st century. Not only have the architecture and decorative elements been refurbished, but the theater is also completely up to date with regard to technological aspects.

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Visit a performance in La Scala

In the evening you can book tickets for a performance and attend a ballet, opera or orchestra performance. Once in the theater, you will not only enjoy the performance itself: look before the start, during an intermission and after the end of all the decorative elements, such as the characteristic velvet red seat covering in the hall, the central chandelier and all the gold that shines in the hall and on the balconies.

Visit Teatro alla Scala in combination with a tour

During the day you can visit the theater in combination with a guide. During the tour of the theater you will hear all about its history, the restorations and the most famous performances. You visit the adjacent museum if you want to know more about the history of the theater and this is already included in the price for the tour. Here you will not only see theater costumes and old sets, but also announcements, instruments, paintings and statues. In the library of the Teatro alla Scala, various literature has been collected on opera, ballet and the history of theater performances.

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