5. Milan: La Scala Theater and Skip-the-Line Duomo Walking Tour
If you’re short on time and want to visit the city's best, look no further: this guided tour is for you! It will lead you through centuries of history and art, exploring the city's beating heart: Teatro alla Scala and the Duomo!
The tour starts with the visit of the world-renowned Teatro alla Scala. Our guide will lead you through its museum galleries and will tell you secrets and details about its most distinguished performances and extravagant protagonists.
Finally, you’ll also be able to have a sneak peak at the inside of the theater!
Walking through the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II you’ll reach the cathedral of Milan, which is an absolute masterpiece, a stunning architecture that took centuries to complete. In 1386, the first duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, commissioned a new cathedral upon the ruins of two previous churches, Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Tecla. Today the Duomo is the biggest church in Italy and the sixth biggest church globally.
Since its inception, the cathedral was dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and designed as gothic architecture. Numerous changes intervened throughout the centuries, and it was finally thanks to Napoleon that the Duomo got completed. You’ll admire the breathtaking multitude of statues, spires, and pinnacles from the outside. Once inside, you’ll explore a place filled with history, art and faith, admiring fantastic stained glass, outstanding artworks, worshiped relics and unparalleled architectural solutions.
Did you know that the Duomo risked being destroyed? You'll discover how a series of aerial bombings severely damaged the cathedral in the summer of 1942 and how it miraculously survived the destruction, becoming ever more the symbol of Milan.
Our guided tour to the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala is the perfect opportunity to discover the most significant monuments of Milan and the lifestyle highlights of Milanese people during the years.