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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: 1-Day Open Bus Tour

3. Milan: 1-Day Open Bus Tour

Take in Milan's most symbolic and fascinating sights and places of interest, such as the Basilica of Sant’ Ambrogio, San Babila, the Cathedral, La Scala Opera House and the modern Piazza Gae Aulenti. Enjoy these comfortable open buses equipped with a transparent roof, to let you enjoy the city sights even during bad weather, and special platforms to provide disabled access. The full loop takes 90 minutes including the various stops. The bus takes about 5 minutes between scheduled stops, and it’s possible to jump off at any of the following points along the way. City Tour: • Castello Sforzesco • Cadorna • Cenacolo • Sant'ambrogio • Museo Scienza E Tecnica • Navigli • Parco Delle Basiliche • Universita' Studi / Policlinico • San Babila • Duomo • Scala • Palazzo Dugnani • Repubblica • Stazione Centrale • Palazzo Regione Lombardia • Gae Aulenti / Staz. Garibaldi • Cimitero Monumentale • Lega Lombarda • Acquario / Parco Sempione

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Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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The Last Supper Skip-the-Line Ticket & Milan Tram Tour

7. The Last Supper Skip-the-Line Ticket & Milan Tram Tour

Your 3-hour tour begins at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where your guide will tell you a bit about the structure before leading you through its famous refectory to Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. Entry is strictly limited to those who have pre-booked, largely due to the delicate nature of this painting and its importance. You won’t have to wait in line with your privileged admission ticket! After seeing The Last Supper, your tour continues to the lovely small cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie before heading on to Piazzale Cadorna. Visit the Sforza Castle, situated in the largest park in Milan, and listen to your guide’s commentary on its history. From the castle, you’ll see the Arch of Peace, a symbol of Milan, built in the early 19th century under the direction of Napoleon. Then it will be time to board a vintage tram from the 1930s for your tour through central Milan. Line 1 crosses the entire city center. Take a walk through the city center which includes fashion districts such as Montenapoleone, Piazza Belgioioso, Piazza Meda, and Via Omenoni, before reaching La Scala Opera House.

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Essential Milan: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

8. Essential Milan: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 3-hour tour of Milan is designed for groups, and can accommodate up to 25 people. You’ll be led by a knowledgeable guide, who will begin by showing you the mighty Duomo Cathedral, telling you about its fascinating 5 centuries of history. See the Royal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Arengario Palace. Visit the famous Victor Emmanuel II Arcade, the first covered shopping mall in Europe that remains a luxury shopping site today. Your guide will show you La Scala theater, and the temple of lyrics. During the tour you’ll see the exterior of the sites and your guide will tell you about the site’s importance and its history. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy the best of Milan. In addition to the spectacular architecture you’ll see fashionable shops and cafés and discover the city’s great art and religious architecture.

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Milan: 2-Hour Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

9. Milan: 2-Hour Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

Travel in style as you explore Milan's most beautiful locations from the comfort of an eco-friendly rickshaw accompanied by a multilingual personal guide. Admire monuments, palaces, churches, squares, and parks as you zip around the city. See sights such as the majestic Duomo Cathedral, Szfora Castle and Sempione Park with its impressive Arch of Peace monument. Marvel at the architecture of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, home to Da Vinci's famous Last Supper painting, admire the facade of the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica and discover the financial district, where you can spot the provocative L.O.V.E statue. Soak up the rich atmosphere of traditional Italian plazas such as Mercanti Square and La Scala Opera House Square and visit the elegant Brera District as well as many other attractions on this sightseeing tour.

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Milan: 3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Teatro alla Scala

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4,046 reviews

The tour was extremely interesting and perfectly organized! I learned a lot about Milan thanks to a professional and wonderful guide. Sylvia not only has a deep knowledge of the history of the city and the history of art as well, but she also is an excellent storyteller, very friendly, pleasant to talk to, has a good sense of humor. I enjoyed the painting by Leonardo da Vinci - this is the pearl of the excursion!

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.

We enjoyed relaxed and thoughtful walk through the top architectural locations streaching accross centuries. Throughout the tour Alisa showed us unique spots and shared some local stories. Great start for a weekend in Milan!

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

Good leadership. Although in English the tour guide was great