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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 and Museum guided experience
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La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
$48.72 per adult
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Excellent tour guide.
It was an excellent tour. The tour guide Lorella was very knowledgeable and caring. Totally Recepcion mended.
Efren_E, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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Don’t miss taking a tour of “La Scala”
Jennifer_S, Jul 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Simon was a very informational and inspired tour guide. His enthusiasm and passion for the story of “La Scala” was quite evident, and catching. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and came away thi king it was the best one we experienced in Milan.
star-5
Enjoyable experience
tanedna79, Jul 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Guide was knowledgeable and patient and was thorough in introducing La Scala and the interesting history.
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Good
Ana_T, Jul 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum with Milan Self-Guided Tour
All went well. Got in with the tickets they sent me, no problem at the entrance, no problem with the self-guided tours. The plase is okay.
star-5
Opera lovers delight
Andrew_T, Jul 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
Stefania was a great guide! A small museum and a haven for opera lovers. So many interesting pieces of opera throughout the ages.
star-5
Fantastic morning!
Alisa_T, Jul 2022
Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle
Ana was an amazing guide- rich narrative and all the details that make the stories of Milan worth telling and seeing!
star-5
Awesome guide
Kathleen_K, Jul 2022
Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle
Anna was awesome. She explained everything in detail. She was so patient with our flight being delayed and us arriving late. She checked in on us throughout the tour. Highly recommend.
star-5
3 great hours in Milano
Michael_G, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre
Our guide was very knowledgeable and we especially enjoyed the explanations at La Scala. Just the right amount of time at each place.
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Super
Gogo_J, Jun 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum with Milan Self-Guided Tour
We had seen the place during a rehearsal, illuminated. The audio guide is worth trying. We loved the visit even though the access was somehow reduced.
star-5
Unforgettable!
JuanAndres_E, Jul 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and engaging. Our tour was made extra special because the people working at the opera house love our tour guide and so they offered us posters of the last opera of the season. We received this memorable gift because of our tour guide’s cordial relationship with everyone working in the opera house. We are very grateful!
star-5
Great great tour jam packed with information and history
Donna_B, Jun 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
The guide was the best. I can’t remember her name but not only could we understand her but she knew so much history. Utterly amazing. I think it all depends on the guide. And the small group was great. You walk/ stand for 3 hours so be prepared.
star-5
Interesting, engaging and professional
Teini_V, Mar 2022
Skip the Line: Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre
Very nice and interesting. The guide gave nice personal approach and kept it very interestingt. There was enough time for questions and additional talks.
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La Scala History -terrific!
Cara_R, Jun 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
If you’re interested at all in opera, and opera in Italy, and the history of La Scala, this is a tour for you. Seeing the lighting run in the theater, being given the history of the building itself, and the lobbies, the arcitecture, and culminating in the museum tour, it was a great bit of history to get. The guide was informative, knowlgable, happy to answer our questions, and it was neither too long nor too short. Good job.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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