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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.

Milan: 1-, 2-, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Milan: 1-, 2-, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take advantage of this pass for Milan’s open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy panoramic views of the city. This ticket gives you access to 4 separate but connecting bus loops and allows you to jump off at the attractions you want to explore further. Choose from commentary available in 10 languages via audio guide and hear facts about notable buildings like the Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. You'll also learn about local food, including the recipe for Cotoletta alla Milanese and the history of the panettone. Buses run every 60 minutes, and should you need further information on board, assistants will be happy to help you with tips about monuments, shops, restaurants, and walking tours. Take the full Line A loop in 75 minutes, or hop off to explore any of the following attractions: Line A:  Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 - Cenacolo Stop 4 - Corso Magenta Stop 5 - Duomo Stop 6 - Manzoni - Scala Stop 7 - Manin Stop 8 - Moscova Line B: Stop 1 - Duomo Stop 2 – La Scala Stop 3 - Manin Stop 4 - Repubblica Stop 5 - Palazzo Lombardia Stop 6 - Stazione Centrale Stop 7 - Buenos Aires Stop 8 - Porta Venezia Stop 9 - San Babila Line C: Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Acquario Stop 3 - Garibaldi Stop 4 - City Life Stop 5 - Casa Milan Stop 6 - Mico - Congress Centre Stop 7 - Lotto -Montebianco Stop 8 - Lido Stop 9 - Ippodromo Stop 10 - Stadio San Siro Stop 11 - Lotto - Monterosa Stop 12 - Buonarroti Stop 13 - Pagano Stop 14 - Conciliazione Stop 15 - Parco Sempione Line D (from April to October): Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 – Cenacolo Stop 4 - Navigli Stop 5 – Via Olona Stop 6 – Corso Magenta Stop 7 – Duomo Stop 8 – La Scala Stop 9 - Brera

Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

3. Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

Discover Milan's rich musical history on a guided 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. Explore the museum and hear 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.

Milan: Guided Walking Tour and Last Supper Ticket

4. Milan: Guided Walking Tour and Last Supper Ticket

Marvel at Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" on a guided tour of the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Then embark on a guided city walking tour and admire highlights, including the Duomo, La Scala, and Sforza Castle. Your Milan tour begins at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie*, where you’ll see Leonardo’s The Last Supper. Admission to see this important work of art is strictly limited to those who have pre-booked tickets. After, your guide will take you to the medieval Sforza Castle. This imposing fortress was the residence of the dukes of Milan for centuries. Today is houses museums and important art collections. Head to the charming Piazza dei Mercanti, an unexpected square hidden away from the crowded streets. Experience the Renaissance illusion of space created by Bramante in heart of the medieval city. Continue on to Piazza della Scala, where you’ll find La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses. Some of the greatest musicians and singers the world has known have performed here. You’ll enter the majestic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an amazing 19th-century glass vaulted shopping arcade. The Gallery is known as the Salotto di Milano (Milan’s drawing room) due to its importance throughout the years as a meeting point for Milan’s residents. Lastly, visit the famous Duomo, located in the heart of Milan. This impressive cathedral is often considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world.

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 attractions 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 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 MuseumNavigli Canal Cruise (spring/summer period)Shuttle bus to outlet stores

Milan: La Scala Theatre Guided Experience

6. 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. 

Da Vinci's Last Supper & Milan Sightseeing Tour

7. 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.

Milan: Skip-the-Line Guided Walk and "The Last Supper"

8. Milan: Skip-the-Line Guided Walk and "The Last Supper"

Join your guide for a walking tour of Milan’s historic city center and get exterior views of the monuments of Piazza del Duomo, where the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) took nearly 6 centuries to build. Enter one of the world’s oldest shopping arcades at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Follow in the footsteps of famous opera stars at the La Scala theater. Discover streets, such as Via Dante, that give Milan its reputation as the fashion capital of the world. Learn Milan’s rich history and hear interesting anecdotes along the way. Then, skip the long lines to admire Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” inside the refectory of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Benefit from priority admission, and learn the history and execution of Leonardo's fascinating fresco from your guide.

Milan: Best of City Walking Tour with Last Supper Tickets

9. Milan: Best of City Walking Tour with Last Supper Tickets

See all the sights of Milan, and gaze in awe at Da Vinci's Last Supper on this informative and fun walking tour. See the Teatro Alla Scala, Duomo, and much more in the company of your expert guide. This 3-hour tour begins at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the most famous works of art in the world. The tour operator will provide pre-booked, all-inclusive skip-the-line tickets, so that you’ll enter the room with your guide, your group, and just one other small tour group, ensuring that you can make the most of your time with the masterpiece. Next, you’ll embark on an in-depth walking tour of the city. Learn about the home of opera in Milan, the world-famous Teatro Alla Scala, as you take in its impressive façade. The tour ends at the most impressive site of all, the jaw-dropping Milan Duomo. You'll go inside the Duomo together to explore more, and even underground to see the basilica's battistero. This masterpiece of gothic architecture has enthralled centuries of spectators. You’ll see Milan at its best with an expert, English-speaking guide who is passionate about the city. All tickets are inclusive so you don’t have to worry about hidden costs or hassles and can focus on discovering parts of this vibrant, beautiful city that most visitors never see.

Milan: Duomo and La Scala Guided Tour

10. Milan: Duomo and La Scala Guided Tour

Go on a journey into the sacred and the profane on a 2-hour musical tour through Milan. Enter both the Scala Opera House, and Milan Cathedral (Duomo), the 5th largest church in the world. First, enter La Scala to explore one of the most famous theaters in the world. Go inside the auditorium with seating for more than 2000 people and a stage that has hosted some of the world’s most recognized artists. See the theater from inside one of the exclusive boxes.  Learn more about the history of La Scala in its own museum, and see a vast collection of costumes, instruments, and other musical curiosities, as well as a gallery of busts and paintings portraying some of classical music's great artists, such as Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. Stroll over to the glass-roof arcade of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, built in the late 19th-century and considered one of the first shopping malls in history. Enter the Gothic façade of the Duomo, and discover the true symbol of Milan. See the soaring vaults (some of the tallest in the world), and learn why this imposing building attracts more than 5 million visitors per year.

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What people are saying about Teatro alla Scala

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based on 6,659 reviews

Our guide, Massimo, was excellent! Knowledgeable and interesting. The tour is long, but fun, and most importantly, took us to the BEST places to see in Milan: Duomo, Scala (I was pleasantly surprised when we went inside!), and the Last Supper. Definitely recommend!

really good walking tour - guide was very informative and ended with visit to see Last Supper

He did a great job! Very patient and knowledgeable. Thank you!

Guide was enthusiastic and provided lots of interesting facts.

It was good. The guide was great answered all questions.