La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan

Skip the line into the world-famous opera house and museum with a local guide

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 18 Reviews · 1.50h · Milan, Italy

Are you looking to explore the Teatro La Scala behind the scenes? Join our expert guides for to discover the past and present of La Scala. From Pavarotti to Verdi, the most important singers and composers have all graced its stage. Observe the grand stage, seats, and balconies that create an impressive atmosphere. In the La Scala Museum, your guide will describe the collection of ​set designs​, musical ​instruments ​, and ​costumes used in the theatre's three centuries of great performances.

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  • La Scala Opera House Theatre and Museum Guided Tour
  • Meet Your Guide in Outside La Scala
  • Tour the Interior of the Great Opera House
  • Stroll the Theatre's Luxurious Halls
  • La Scala Museum, the History of Opera
  • Costumes and Sets from Great Performances
  • Stories of Iconic Singers and Composers

Are you in Milan for the day but still want to take in La Scala? Did you know that the theatre is just a short walk from the Duomo? Join this 90 minute small group tour to see the history of Opera and Italian Music up close. See the 2,000 luxurious red seats and gilded design that create La Scala's iconic presentation. In the La Scala Museum, you will be transported through 250 years of Musical stories. Observe sets, costumes and even the piano famously used by Franz Liszt.

Milan La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour Description

This 1.5 hour tour includes:

  • Local English-Speaking Storytelling Guide

  • Admission to the Teatro La Scala and La Scala Museum

  • Maximum Group Size of 15

Meet Your Guide in Piazza della Scala

Your day begins in Piazza della Scala, the square that connects the La Scala Theatre to one of the world's most famous shopping malls, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. If you are walking from the Duomo, you can walk through the opulent wonder of the Galleria as a preview for the stunning architecture you will see in La Scala.

Your local guide will be waiting front of the La Scala Theatre Museum, located on Largo Antonio Ghiringhelli.

Head through the Opera House

Once united with your guide and small group, head into the Teatro della Scala. As you enter the halls your eyes will reach the sparkle of the great glass chandeliers. Take in the grandeur as thousands have while heading to the evening's show.

As you enter the Theatre itself, your guide will describe who sits where in the 2,000 seat room. Hear incredible stories of the notorious "loggione" who passionately watch from the seats high above the luxury boxes. Similar to rabid sports fans, these attendees are known to show their pleasure or displeasure towards the show. In some cases, being booed off the stage has led to the end of careers and live changes to the cast.

In many cases, you may see a live rehearsal of the evening's show. If you are inspired to take in the show later in the night, be sure to ask your guide the best way to secure tickets in case it has not yet sold out.

Visit the Sets and Costumes in the La Scala Museum

Next, head to the La Scala Museum to see close up examples of the stories and sites you saw in the theatre. Observe busts of the world's great composers and singers who have graced the stage of La Scala.

Explore the sets and costumes that have been presenting operatic stories for centuries. See Franz Liszt's impressive piano that was used for his 19th century concerts that took Europe by storm. Learn stories of these great performers, many of whom would be forgotten to history without the work of La Scala's Museum.

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Jim Spath
08 May 2024
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James Spath

Our Guide was excellent. He took time to thoroughly explain the history of La Scale and the background of many of the key artifacts in the La Scala Museum. He was very knowledgeable and he utilized his knowledge to ensure that we saw as much as possible within the 1-hour timeframe. Because of this experience, I would not hesitate to book future tours with the TOUR Guy.

Sheila
25 March 2024
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Sheila Douglas

Very grateful thanks to Nina. We used Tour Guy for the first time in Rome last year and this was just as good an experience.

La scala
28 November 2023
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Dennis Bower

fabio was a fantastic tour guide. Very informative

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Large bags and backpacks must be checked into the cloakroom and cannot be brought into the museum or theater.

What to bring?

This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Large bags and backpacks must be checked into the cloakroom and cannot be brought into the museum or theater.

Will I definitely see inside the theater?

On rare occasions, the theater may be hosting an event which means we cannot access the main auditorium. In this case, your guide will make up the time in other fascinating parts of the building.

Is the theater wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please contact us after booking to advise if you have a wheelchair or are bringing kids in a stroller.

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