Teatro Alla Scala
Teatro Alla Scala
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
About
This world-renowned opera house was built in 1778, where many composers wrote and conducted works including such greats as Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and Toscanini.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Cordusio • 5 min walk
  • Montenapoleone • 5 min walk
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  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, Tennessee1,624 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the greatest music venues in the world!!
    This is one of the quintessential opera houses of Europe, a place where the world’s best singers have dreamt of singing since 1778! The museum houses all sorts of memorabilia related to the rich history of this beautiful venue. But the best moment of the tour, at least for us, is stepping into one of the boxes overlooking this majestic interior and imagining watching the debut of legends like Paganini or Verdi or Mozart with a packed house of thousands. The only thing better than the tour is actually attending a concert live!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Dan
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful - worth getting tickets for a show!
    Originally just planned to take the tour, as the tickets apparently sell out pretty much as soon as they go on sale. But amazingly we were able to get last minute (and decent) tickets to see Macbeth on ticketswap. The place was so beautiful and the singing was wonderful! The only issue was that it did get a little warm inside by the end.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Alvinf
    Tel Aviv, Israel246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love Opera? This is the place
    If you love opera and you have not been to La Scala, plan way in advance to go. We bought our tickets in May when the box office opened for The Barber of Seville, and we got very good tickets. Three-quarters of the seats were already sold probably to season ticket holders. The view and the acoustics were amazing. We dressed appropriately for this venue, as expected at an opera house of this standing. Some people, however, dressed like pigs and were actually let in. If you purchase tickets on the left or right side of the theater in the boxes, do everything you can to get the front two seats in the box.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Alessandro F
    Milan, Italy31,973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The temple of opera music
    La Scala is one of the most prestigious theaters in the world and certainly the most prestigious temple of opera. It was built in 1778 based on a design by Piermarini by decree of Maria Teresa of Austria, following the fire that destroyed the Regio Ducale theatre. The construction costs were supported by wealthy Milanese families, in exchange for the right of ownership of the boxes. It was built in place of the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala from which it took its name. In those days the theater was used as a meeting place: people danced, played roulette, ate, and managed social life. During the Second World War it was heavily bombed. The renovation required three years of work until the inauguration in 1946 with a concert broadcast on the radio by Toscanini. By visiting the Scala Museum it is possible to access the boxes and see the theatre.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maybe the next time I will get tickets and attend a performance
    My wife and I have visited Milan twice and have not seen a performance in La Scala yet. The first time, we went to the box office the evening we arrived after an overnight flight to Milan. We dressed up in preparation to attend, but upon arriving at the box office and finding out the price for the tickets, my wife said she would rather buy several pairs of shoes for that price. Anyway, jet lag would have probably hit us shortly after the performance began, so we decided not to attend. On our most recent trip to Milan this past August on a wedding anniversary trip, I tried to get tickets in advance. Unfortunately, the theater did not have anything scheduled in August because they were closed for holiday. Hopefully, on a future trip we will be able to book a performance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Tanmouss
    Oslo, Norway3,059 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful historical theatre
    What a stunning theatre! The first look inside is breathtaking with its red burgundy tones, its 6 layers of balconies, its high white ceiling and massive chandelier. We were lucky to be able to watch a Mozart pice played by the royal orchestra and lead by the famous South Korean director Myung-Whun Chung. Enchanting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Selim Sanje
    Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see after Duoma
    The place is amazing and different from other attractions in Milan. We were there during a rehearsal; you can sit down and listen in; see the ambience. Then there was the museum part, really interactive and well designed. We went around without a tour guide and it was great. Highly recommended and must see place
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 April 2024
  • stuartmB7403FT
    Livingston, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List. Save for it, and enjoy
    Your experience here will vary depending on what you wanted to get out of it, and, to a very large extent, how much you are prepared to pay. If you are an opera buff, and want to hear some of the world's greatest singers, you can do so at a very low cost- You won't see much (if at all), but you will get what you came for. Similarly, if you are a tourist who wants bragging rights, but is not prepared to pay for a view in this stunning setting, you are going to be bored and will complain about the lack of view and having to sit on a stool. If, however, you can afford the stalls, or a centre (ish) box, and have any interest in opera, you will have a stunning time. This is pure bucket list material, well worth saving for. Many of my friends would pay heavily to see Barca at the Camp Nou. I wouldn't. I paid €300 for a seat to see Cav/Pag. At the Euros 2024, official prices ran from €30 to €2,000. You choose what is on your list, and go for it. I made my choice, and will remember it forever.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Abby M
    Kalamazoo, Michigan14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and Iconic Experience
    Absolutely beautiful. A must do in Milan. But make sure if you’re in a box (highly recommend) that you are in the front two seats especially if you’re in a box on the side of the theater. You won’t see anything if you’re not.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
  • Camille
    Calabria, Italy19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful rich expereince
    My visit to Teatro Alla Scala in Milan was nothing short of magical. As I walked into the historic opera house, the sheer grandeur of the interiors took my breath away. The rich red and gold decor, coupled with the intricate chandeliers, set a regal tone for the evening. I attended a performance of Verdi’s "La Traviata," and the acoustics were flawless, enhancing every note and nuance. The talent of the performers, combined with the historic ambience, made for an unforgettable experience. The staff were courteous and the entire evening was a seamless blend of culture and elegance. Teatro Alla Scala is truly a must-visit for anyone passionate about the performing arts.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 June 2024
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Vastgoeddominee
Amsterdam, The Netherlands61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Teatro alla Scala is an opera house which has an interior and acoustics that is one of the best.

Unfortunately all other aspects of Teatro alla Scala are disappointing and negative.

You do not get a 5 star experience upon arrival just like when you visit a 5 star hotel. Especially since ticket prices for Teatro alla Scala are about 100-200 Euro per person!

It is difficult to identify the building since Teatro alla Scala has a poor exterior. There are no doormen who await you at the entrance. Once inside there are just a few employees who check your tickets and then tell you on which floor your seats are.
From that moment on you are on your own and easily lost. We booked tickets for the balcony or boxes. Once we found the correct floor, there was nobody there to assist us. It took 15 minutes for us to find the correct balcony. Each floor is divided in a East and West side and the balconies on both sides have the same numbers. Obviously this is confusing for visitors. Even worse, the door of our balcony was locked and the door of the cloakroom too. It took another 10 minutes to find an employee to unlock the doors.

If done correctly, visitors should be escorted from each floor to their seats. But it is clearly visible that Teatro all Scala has decided to save on their employee costs.

During the intervals you can visit the foyer if you want to buy something to drink or eat. Don’t spend your money since this is a disappointment. Only food and drinks you will find here are straight from the trollies they use on airlines like for example pre packed sandwiches.

It became obvious that Teatro alla Scala is all about earning money and saving on costs. Even one simple piece of paper that displays the programme costs 10 Euro!

Our advice is to take your time before purchasing tickets and to decide if it is worthwhile spending a lot if money here?
Written 8 February 2020
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Pavlina Tarabova
Frankfurt, Germany2 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
With a great disappointment I have to share the experience with the La Scala customer approach.

I booked premium tickets for the box for March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation the performance was cancelled. Understandable.

We have asked for monetary refund as we did not plan visit any sooner. Since that request, a lengthy, extremely unprofessional process (if any) started.

Until this very day (December 2020) I have not received the refund.

I had to send over 40 follow up emails and received exactly 3 responses to resend my request. When I called the customer line, a lady said she is not able to help and simply hung up the phone on me.

As much as I understand the whole situation is difficult, the behavior of such a landmark cultural estate is unprecedented and great shame.

Whoever is responsible for customer care, shall question his position.

Due to this, we do not recommend to purchase any tickets in advance unless you are 100% sure the performance will take place. Otherwise be ready to lose your money.

In our case, to this day, the La Scala holds 500 EUR for performance which never happened and does not respond to our emails to process the refund.
Written 10 December 2020
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Roamer023
Atlanta, GA89 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Yes, La Scala is beautiful, and we're glad we got to see an opera there (well, part of an opera). We went in mid September 2021, and the day had been warm, but not hot. We were excited to see what some say is the most beautiful opera house in the world, and we paid top dollar for prime box seats.

However, we immediately noticed that our box was warm, not just a little, but a lot. This was in spite of the fact that they only sold 2 of the normal 4 seats in the box due to Covid (though I wouldn't pay good money for the back 2 seats since visibility is very poor from their perspective). My husband removed his jacket and I wished I had worn a sleeveless dress. We tried to make the best of it, but it was so hot that we were literally starting to drip with sweat (and the required covid mask made it even worse). It was extremely stuffy and unpleasant, especially in such a confined area and while dressed for an opera. At one point, I thought my husband was going to pass out. Therefore, we left after the first act. Before leaving the theater, we stepped onto the orchestra level and noticed that it was also warm, but not as hot as the boxes. This was very disappointing for our long awaited and quite expensive visit to a "world class" opera house.

The facility is beautiful, but if you go during the warmer months, dress for summer, get orchestra seats, bring a fan, and be prepared to perspire.
Written 21 September 2021
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るるさん
Canberra, Australia27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I booked a ticket in the last minute so it was my own fault, but I was disappointed to find the view was half-restricted when I was taken to my seat, paying over 200 Euro. I was feeling quite uncomfortable in the hard wooden chair in the box of 4 people, on the 2nd floor, for over 3 hours. I was not expecting that kind of seating. However, still, it was worth visiting. Next time, I will book earlier and try to get a better seat.
Written 26 January 2020
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Olga H
Brooklyn, NY8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I had terrible experience last night visiting performance. I have visited opera theaters in Vienna, NY, Saint Petersburg and this was by far worst. I didn’t only felt safe but extremely devalued as customer. Because I had to buy tickets short time in advance (I had tickets for earlier dates but it was forfeited due to change of travel dates) I was only able to purchase galleria seating. We were cramped into tiny seats with no space between groups with people standing over us in poorly vented space. We had to come in through some sort of emergency exit and taken to our seats by elevator so we didn’t even see the theater which is part of the whole experience. We left in intermission and wouldn’t able even to leave through main entrance. Very disappointed
Written 11 February 2022
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FTLCruisers
Weston, FL366 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Couples
We took the official tour of La Scala and it was well worth the cost. We were able to visit the museum - not of great interest to us since we didn't know many of the performers featured there but still interesting. Our guide took us to the royal box (we all got to sit in it), several other smaller boxes, and the stage area where we learned how the mechanics of the stage work. They were setting up for a performance that evening so we could not go into the orchestra pit but were able to see it and also sit in some of the seats in the main part of the theater. Our guide gave us so much information during the tour about the history of the theater and previous owners of the boxes, how they move sets around, recommendations on how to pick the best seat locations if attending a performance. We definitely learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit this beautiful, historic theater.
Written 9 April 2023
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Tim W
Buffalo, NY126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Have seen opera in a number of countries and the current staging of Puccini’s La Boheme was incredible. Theater is smaller than you would think so is intimate. Acoustics are excellent and the staff is friendly and accommodating.

Getting tickets take some planning, but well worth it if you are a fan of opera and want to see it at its absolute finest.
Written 19 March 2023
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA561 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The history of the opera building is spectacular and legendary . The view from inside was amazing and awe inspiring. It is fairly pricey to do so however and while we were there they were testing the lights so there were times you could not see a whole lot. Also the orchestra was practicing and we were told not to record which is understandable. After awhile we were ushered into the museum. All in all for what were able to see and do, personally I don’t think it was worth the cost and time. Enjoy.
Written 3 November 2022
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theopao
Maroussi, Greece1,058 contributions
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Jun 2022
One of the most famous Milan' s attractions. Try not to miss it. If you can book your ticket for an opera in advance (a couple of months before you visit Milan, when tickets are affordable). Worth to visit the museum and any of the events organized there.
Written 27 June 2022
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May S
Spanish Town, Jamaica25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Spent 300 Euros each for a seat in a box to see The Marriage of Figaro tonight. 600 euros to not be able to see the stage!. Sat on stools in a box and could only see a small fraction of the right hand part stage if I craned my neck. The people behind could not see a thing. It is a disgrace that these seats are sold at all. We regularly visit theatres and. for example in the RSC in Stratford it is clearly stated when the view is restricted and the price is reduced. Furthermore the orchestra was louder than some of the singers and we could hardly hear them. The performance was also lack lustre and tedious. Some of the singers were just awful- sorry. We have visited the ROH many times, The Vienna Opera House, Prague Theatres, and we expected La Scala to be world class - but no. The ROH Covent Garden is a million times better in all ways and would never stage such a weak performance.. Never again to La Scala.
Written 17 October 2023
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