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Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

Discover the Teatro Grande alla Scala, which is one most important focal points of both Italian and European culture. Built in 1778, the theater has hosted some of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Enjoy views of the famous stage from the third-level boxes. Explore the theater's Museum, which features a large collection of paintings, sketches, statues, original costumes, and other things related to opera. See musical instruments and other curios that tell the story of the theater.  The Museum Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and thirty manuscripts of complete works, as well as single sheets from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Learn about the beginnings of the career of Giussepe Verdi and his somewhat tumultuous relationship with the theater.

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Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

2. Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

Milan is not only design, fashion and nightlife: Milan is known also for its music. Right in the heart of the city, only few steps from the Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, you'll find a temple to music: La Scala Theatre. Over the years, many musicians have made their contributions here. Do you know Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas? These are only some of the names that have passed through this place.  La Scala Museum preserves the most important collection of set designs, musical instruments, and costumes used in the Theatre's greatest performances. On this 1.5-hour experience with your monolingual guide, admire the interior of this magical place and learn about its stories and fascinating history. 

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Milan: Leonardo da Vinci City Exploration Game

3. Milan: Leonardo da Vinci City Exploration Game

Discover Milan's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around town. You will help Leonardo da Vinci finish his famous mural, The Last Supper, by solving enigmas around Milan's city center, going to places where he lived or worked. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you will get your access code by email, to be used in the app. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace.  You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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Milan: 3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Milan: 3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Piazza del Duomo and begin the tour with a stroll through the city’s historic center. As you explore Milan’s bustling streets, learn about local history, life, and culture from your knowledgeable guide. The tour passes by an array of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Castello Sforzesco, Merchant Square, Piazza della Scala, Cordusio, and many more. At each site, listen to stories about their history and importance. Arrive at the stunning Milan Cathedral, the third-largest Christian cathedral in the world. Head inside and marvel at the cathedral’s richly-decorated interior and ornate architecture. Hear how the cathedral inspired the works of many artists while admiring its colorful stained-glass windows. At the end of the tour, stop at a trendy hotspot only the locals know about for a classic Italian apéritif.

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Milan by Night 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Milan by Night 2-Hour Walking Tour

Breathe in the magical atmosphere of Milan during the evening and discover the city from a different perspective. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour with a guide in your choice of language. Hear stories about Milan’s history and noble families, and the phantoms that walk the city after dark. From the courtyards of Sforza Castle, follow your guide to the opera house La Scala. Pass by the impressive Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and arrive in Duomo Square, in front of Milan’s extraordinary cathedral. Learn the secrets of the city and take an exciting journey to discover Milan by night.

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Milan: City Highlights Tour with The Last Supper

6. Milan: City Highlights Tour with The Last Supper

Start your 6-hour Milan experience in Piazzale Cadorna, and enjoy a guided walk to the Duomo. Skip the lines waiting to enter the city’s Gothic cathedral. Continue to the city’s fashion district and explore the trendy Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, a 19th-century architectural treasure. Stop at Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous opera house. Take a break and enjoy lunch in the historic center. Visit the UNESCO-listed church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Skip the lines to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Head to the 16th-century church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, known as the Sistine Chapel of Milan, before visiting Castello Sforzesco. End the tour at a museum that’s home to Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini.

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Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

7. Milan City Tour and La Scala Museum

Discover the highlights of Milan on a half-day guided tour, including entrance to the legendary opera house of La Scala. Start in the heart of the city, at the famous Duomo. The Gothic cathedral is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and your guide will point out aspects of its impressive façade. Admire its flying butresses, and the gilded bronze statue of "Madonnina" atop the main spire. Continue to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for a walk through the glass vaults of the majestic 19th-century shopping arcade. Often referred to as, “Salotto di Milano” (“Milan’s Drawing Room”), the gallery is surrounded by boutique shops and cafés. Next, go to Piazza della Scala for a tour of the legendary La Scala Theatre opera house. Built in 1776, the theater has played host to some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Giuseppe Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. See the beautiful horseshoe auditorium from one of the 4th row boxes (except when rehearsals or performances are in progress). Continue to the hidden Piazza dei Mercanti, and enjoy a short respite from the crowds as you thrill to Bramante’s illusion of space created during the Renaissance. Stroll through the medieval heart of Milan to Sforza Castle, the impressive fortress of the former Dukes of Milan, and now the home of many of Milan’s finest museums.

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Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

8. Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

Jump on your Segway and ride effortlessly to the most famous attractions in Milan’s historic center. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll start off at Sforza Castle, where your guide will provide interesting historical commentary. The tour will take you to the Arco della Pace (the Peace Arch) and the Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous Teatro alla Scala (Scala Opera House) and Palazzo Marino. Next you will see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then Piazza del Duomo, where you will be able to take in the beauty of Milan's massive cathedral and learn about the other monuments lining the square. If you like, the guide will take your photo in front of the iconic cathedral. Next head to Piazza Mercanti, then travel the Chinese district passage along via Paolo Sarpi to Porta Garibaldi (the Garibaldi Gate) and Corso Como. Then see Milan's new skyline and learn about the history of the new skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. The tour will end in the Brera district with a visit to the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (academy of fine arts of Brera). Learn about the history of the Palazzo Brera (Brera Palace) and of the district of artists.

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Milan: Private Tour and Sforza Castle Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Milan: Private Tour and Sforza Castle Skip-the-Line Ticket

See the sights and landmark monuments of Milan on a private guided tour, starting at the historic Piazza del Duomo. Admire the Gothic facade of the cathedral at the geographical heart of the former Imperial capital of the Roman Empire. Marvel at the Royal Palace of Milan (Palazzo Reale di Milano) where the government sat for many centuries. See the beautiful glass roof arcade of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II before going to Piazza della Scala for a closer look at the famous opera house and theater and the impressive 16th-century Palazzo Marino. Stop in Piazza San Fedele to look at the Jesuit church by Charles Borromeo. End on the medieval Piazza Mercanti (Merchant's Square), where the most important traditional fair was held until the late 19th century. Then, use your skip-the-line entrance ticket to the impressive fortress of Sforza Castle to explore the beautiful museums together with your private guide.

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3-Hour Milan Segway PT Authorized Private Tour

10. 3-Hour Milan Segway PT Authorized Private Tour

Looking for a different way to see Milan? Why not take in the sights of this beautiful city by Segway. This comprehensive tour kicks off at the Sforza Castle, in front of Filarete Tower. Then, it’s across the strikingly huge Army Courtyard to Ducal Court, a residential area built during the time of Ludovic il Moro. Next you’ll see the ancient Barchio, the 15th-century hunting ground of the Milanese Ducal family, before skirting the Mermaids Bridge and heading towards the Triennale Museum and the Branca Tower, offering you a unique insight into the history of Milan. You’ll get to experience Milan’s breathtaking skyline with a ride of Branca Tower’s lift, presenting a unique perspective of the city’s modern façade, including the cathedral, stadium and the Pirelli skyscraper. The highlights don’t stop there. There is still the Merchant’s Square, the gold-plated Madonnina statue, the statue of 19th century poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, and the rear façade of Milan’s City Hall to see. The tour winds down with a trip towards Piazza della Scala, where you’ll find the famous Opera House, before concluding back at Filarete Tower.

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What people are saying about Piazza Della Scala

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 532 reviews

We did the tour of the opera. The guide was already waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. First, a tour was given outside with information that gave extra clarification for inside. She was very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. Inside the tour was great too. Well worth it.

This is an exceptional private tour!! Our tour started even outside the Opera house and we learnt so many interesting information not only about the building but about real facts of the Opera's life throughout the years!! Definitively recommended!

Our guide, Simon, was informative, funny, and engaging. He really seemed to be enjoying his job and being our host. He gave a good restaurant tip and even called ahead to tell the owner we were coming. We loved the tour and recommend it highly.

Very reliable, competent and friendly guide. It was three very interesting hours in which some secrets about Milan were revealed to us. The time flew by. A must-do for those interested in history and culture. Highly recommended!

My guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. I highly recommend a private tour.