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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
$49.82 per adult
Traveler Favorite
La Scala History -terrific!
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.
Cara_R, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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.
star-5
La Scala Tour
Nancy_D, Jun 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Guide was fantastic. Only issue was the description saying we needed to redeem our ticket at one place and meet at another when in fact there was no need to redeem the ticket before meeting. Also I was upset to see we might not have been able to get in depending on the La Scala schedule and our visit limited to the museum. We were able to get in but I would have been upset if we couldn’t get in and wouldn’t be entitled to reschedule or a refund.
star-5
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
Great guide at La Scala
Elena_R, Jun 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Our guide - Lorella did not lead us into a building, but into a romantic story of music, with composers, opera singers ang their characters, stage, boxes, costumes. She was very informative and very interesting, with a great passion for Milan, for its history and culture. Loved this tour. Thank you Lorella!
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
A really good experience
Leif_C, May 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum with Milan Self-Guided Tour
No problem with the tickets. And a majestic place definitely worth a visit. We loved it. The booking process was easy and fast.
star-5
Bravo Valeria
John_P, May 2022
Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle
Our tour guide, Valeria, was one of the best tour guides we've ever experienced. Other people apparently felt the same; strangers would walk up to us; Valeria would welcome them with open arms, and they would tell us that she was the best tour guide in Milan. And she was.
star-4
La Scala
Tom_G, May 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
Seeing the inside of the theater and hearing the history of it. I was expecting to see the stage area and backstage area. We did not.
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.
star-5
Well worth the $
Maria_N, May 2022
La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
Going into a viewing box and seeing a portion of a rehearsal The guide was excellent ! Could not be more pleased
star-5
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
star-5
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.
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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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