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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)
La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 20121

The Basics

La Scala is an impressive sight whether or not you’re an opera or ballet aficionado. The building’s exterior may not be as remarkable as Milan’s Duomo, just a stone’s throw away, but a tour of its opulent interior is a must for any music lover. Along with the Duomo and Leonardo da Vinci’sThe Last Supper, La Scala is one of the most popular attractions in Milan, so booking a skip-the-line tour is a must. Consider joining a small-group walking tour of Milan’s highlights with an expert guide to avoid long entry waits and to learn first-hand about the iconic sights’ fascinating history. If you would like to take a full tour of La Scala, you must visit with an official tour guide. These theater tours also include a visit to La Scala Museum, which houses a collection of costumes and set designs, musical instruments, portraits of actors and musicians, and an archive. Of course, nothing beats seeing a La Scala concert, ballet, or opera, including beloved works by Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi.

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La Scala Theatre guided experience
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La Scala Theatre guided experience
$54.09 per adult
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Scala delight
Simone was a great guide and very interesting, we saw the passion he had for Milan and history and he brought it to life.
Leila_A, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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Music history and cathedral history in one tour!
Larry_D, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre
Wonderful tour of the Milan Duomo and La Scala opera house brought to life by our tour guide Chiara who was both informative and funny. The meet up was at La Scala and Chiara was there waiting for us at the theater museum which is on the left side when facing the theater. The Duomo is massive and majestic and for an opera lover La Scala was amazing.
star-5
Outstanding tour guide
Pratyusha_T, Oct 2021
La Scala Theatre guided experience
Corrado was an excellent tour guide. He was very informative! Beautiful landmark! We enjoyed learning about the history of the theater.
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Beautiful tour.
Nancy_E, Oct 2021
La Scala Theatre guided experience
Our guide was excellent. She shared lots of wonderful stories and history about LaScala and the stars. It was a beautiful place - a thrill for opera lovers. Well worth the price. Our guide made it a day to remember.
star-5
Bucket List Event!
Carl_M, Oct 2021
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
We have always wanted to see an opera at La Scala, to see The Barber of Seville was a dream come true. Awesome experience!
star-5
Beautiful Tour of La Scala
Roy_B, Sep 2021
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
We had a great time! What a beautiful place steeped in Milanese culture and history. If was especially helpful to have a knowledgeable tour guide explain the things in the museum and the actual opera house.
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City pass including hop on hop off
Helen_A, Jul 2021
Milan Pass Including Duomo Terraces and La Scala
Worth extra money bc it includes many tickets to museums and LaScala and roof top terrace at cathedral Dumo
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Amazing tour of La Scala
irinafrye, Jan 2021
Inside La Scala Opera House and Museum - Virtual Tour
Whether you are an opera fanatic or are simply interested in culture, this wonderful tour is for you. Very interesting stories from the past and present. Deborah is a fantastic tour guide and will answer your every question. I hope to see La Scala in person one day and will choose Deborah to be my guide.
star-5
Worth the tour
Jonathan_M, Oct 2021
La Scala Theatre guided experience
The tour guide was very informative and spent adequate time. She pointed out and explained things that we never would have picked up on walking around on our own.
star-5
Great tour
JohnP4092, Sep 2019
Skip the Line: Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre
The tour was terrific, Includes in-depth information about the three main attractions in Central Milan. The guide was Terrific.
star-4
Nice, varied tour in the historical theatre
Peter_t, Jul 2021
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
We see the many aspects of La Scala (we even had a private ballet show, because they were testing the light plan; we were lucky)
star-5
What a Treat
Jocelyn P, Sep 2019
Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle
This was a private tour by guide for four persons. We were delighted to discover that our private guide on a trip to Lake Como, Eddy, would be our guide around Milan. Once again, he did not disappoint. The tour of the Duomo included the rooftop tour. He was very thorough in his lectures about the construction and continued maintenance of the structure. We walked as a group over to La Scala and then to Sforza Castle. It was a lovely morning. It was also Fashion Week in Milan. This only added to the excitement. A very good itinerary with an excellent guide. If you only have one day in Milan, this is a great way to spend it.
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Wonderful Tour!
Randi_W, Jul 2021
La Scala Theatre guided experience
I had a wonderful time on this tour! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind. I am an opera lover and learned so much. I was even able to see singers prepare for a La Scala audition! Our tour guide also explained and showed the history for some of the neighboring historical buildings. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves the arts and history.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Without a performance ticket or guided theater tour, you can see the inside of the theater only by visiting La Scala Museum, which includes a quick peek into the auditorium through the third-level boxes when there is no rehearsal or performance.

  • Purchase performance tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

  • The theater and museum are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though the guided theater tour is not.

  • Large bags and backpacks must be checked into the cloakroom.

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How to Get There

La Scala is located on Piazza della Scala in the heart of downtown Milan, just on the other side of the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II from the Duomo. The tram line 1 and yellow metro line both stop near the theater.

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When to Get There

The La Scala performance calendar runs year-round. Theater tours are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons when there is no rehearsal or performance scheduled. The museum is open daily from 9am to 5:30pm with a few holiday and other closures; see the website for details.

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The “Staircase Theater”

The wordscala means “staircase” in Italian, but Teatro alla Scala was so named because it was built on the site where the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala once stood.

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