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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 Museum and Theater Tour

2. Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

Discover Milan's rich musical history on a tour through one of the world's leading opera theaters. La Scala also houses its own museum, which hosts a vast collection of costumes, instruments, and other musical curios, as well as a gallery of busts and paintings portraying some of classical music's greatest artists, including Giussepe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. An expert guide will lead you through the museum with fascinating tales and anecdotes about some of the marvelous musicians who have performed on La Scala's famous stage. You'll be immersed in the magic of the theater itself, with views from the boxes of the neoclassical interior and its monumental crystal chandelier. With good timing and a little bit of luck, you may even witness the artists rehearsing.

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Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

3. 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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Da Vinci's Last Supper & Milan Sightseeing Tour

4. Da Vinci's Last Supper & Milan Sightseeing Tour

Discover some of Milan's most significant landmarks and masterpieces on a guided tour by bus. Marvel at the Last Supper up close, visit the famous Duomo gothic cathedral, see La Scala opera house in person, and more. Reservations to see the Last Supper are limited and sell out quickly, sometimes months in advance. This tour guarantees you access to the Last Supper in addition to an exciting sightseeing tour through downtown Milan. You will discover what makes Milan such a chic and trendy metropolis and tour one of the world's greatest fashion capitals, famous for its extravagant designer shows, boutiques, and outlet stores. Continue to Milan's famous Duomo, the impressive gothic cathedral and symbol of the city. You'll also make a stop at Milan's renowned opera house, La Scala, where the great works of composers such as Verdi and Puccini have debuted, and artists such as Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti have enchanted audiences. Your entrance ticket provides admission to the theater and museum, which you may like to revisit after the tour for a longer period. Finally the bus will transfer you to Santa Maria delle Grazie, a church and Dominican convent, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will view the remarkable Last Supper by Da Vinci.

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Milan 48-Hour City Pass: Discover Milan With One Card

5. Milan 48-Hour City Pass: Discover Milan With One Card

See the best of Milan at your own pace, and save money with a handy 2-day Milan Pass, offering free entrance to museums, and discounts at affiliated businesses worth more than EUR 300. Your Milan Pass is valid for 48 hours from the moment you pick it up, and is available with 2 exclusive transport options to get the best out of your stay. Choose a Milan Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket and tour the city on board the open-top double-decker bus. Available 7 days a week, the bus runs over 3 lines with more than 40 stops. Learn more from the on board audio commentary, available in 8 languages (including 3 exclusive commentaries for kids). A Milan Pass with ATM Public Transport Ticket gets you access to 5 metro lines and more than 100 tram and bus lines. Enjoy free, unlimited 48-hour travel on the city’s public transport system using one simple ticket. You can even purchase the full package and get a Milan Pass with both the hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket, and access to the ATM public transport system. Enjoy free entrance to city museums such as: Access to the Duomo Cathedral Rooftop terraces (by lift) La Scala Museum and Theatre Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Highline Galleria Museum of Science and Technology Triennale Design Museum San Siro Stadium Inter&Milan Museum Casa Milan – Mondo Milan Museum Leonardo 3 – “The World of Leonardo” interactive museum Vigna di Leonardo – Leonardo’s Vineyard Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Museo d’Arte e Scienza – Art and Science Museum

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Milan: Guided Tour of the La Scala Theater Museum

6. Milan: Guided Tour of the La Scala Theater Museum

Step into a piece of art history at the a Scala Theater Museum on this guided tour. View this shining example of neoclassical architecture designed by the illustrious architect Giuseppe Piermarini. Admire the center of Italy's musical and lyrical trends. See where the great personalities of music, dance, and the composition art have performed. Stand in the same building as names like Verdi, Callas, Rossini, Paganini, Hayez, and Sonzogno. Hear tales and historical facts about the theater and artists from your guide. View precious jewelry, musical instruments, rare scores, and librettos. Be enchanted by the stage costumes of Eleonora Duse and Maria Callas. Gaze at a Giuseppe Verdi's fortepiano and a tuft of Mozart's hair. On nights without a performance rehearsal, step into the theater and see for yourself where the magic takes place.

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Milan: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Duomo and La Scala Entry

7. Milan: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Duomo and La Scala Entry

Take a 3-hour tour Milan, one of the world’s greatest fashion capitals, and gain entry to some of city’s most impressive monuments. Visit Milan’s famous Duomo, a stunning Gothic cathedral. Explore the beautiful square the cathedral is set in, including Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall in Italy.   Then make a stop at Milan’s renowned opera house, La Scala. See the place where the works of composers such as Verdi and Puccini debuted, and artists such as Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti enchanted audiences. Your ticket provides entry to the theater and museum, which you may revisit after the tour for a longer period.   Finally the bus will transfer you to Santa Maria delle Grazie. This church and Dominican convent is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is conveniently located next to the famous Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci (entrance not included).

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La Scala Theatre & Museum Tour Plus Walking Tour

8. La Scala Theatre & Museum Tour Plus Walking Tour

La Scala Opera House was the place where many actors and musicians found out their inspiration, including Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Join this 1-hour tour with a professional tour guide who will show you La Scala Opera House outside and inside. See the collection of costumes, set designs, musical instruments and portraits of actors and musicians conserved at the museum.  Enjoy a walking tour along Via Alessandro Manzoni until Grand Hotel et de Milan, following Giuseppe Verdi’s footprints throughout the city. It is here the maestro stayed from 1872 for alternated periods and died from a serious illness in 1901. Imagine his life as he walked the streets in Milan and take yourself back in time.  Admire the plaque outside the hotel honouring this great man.

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What people are saying about Scala Theater Museum

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1,337 reviews

Very interesting tour. Took you around the museum and into La Scala itself. Very good for anyone with even a general interest in classical music and opera. The radio Mike from the guide was a a bit crackly. Most of the time you didn't need the earpiece though so not too.much of a problem.

Great experience. San Siro stadium was closed due to a game while we had the pass, and the staff was accommodating and we were able to enjoy it the next day.

Great informative guide with an obvious passion for the city and its history. It was a wonderful experience.

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

Good leadership. Although in English the tour guide was great