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La Scala Theatre & Museum – tickets, prices, guided tour

Experience opera at Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala, one of the most famous opera houses in the world. 

Here, you can hear some of the world’s finest singers on stage every night. 

Teatro Alla Scala is near Milan’s Duomo, Italy’s Cathedral of Music.

La Scala Museum is home to many ancient treasures, including art built by Jacques Callot, pictures and period instruments from the Sambon collection, paintings of la Scala’s golden age, and a library filled with original manuscripts of famous literary pieces. 

This article shares everything you should know before you book your La Scala Theatre & Museum tickets.

What to expect at La Scala

There are many things to see at La Scala Theatre & Museum, but the most important are – the opera house, the Museum, and the classic shows you can watch.

The Teatro Alla Scala

Teatro Alla Scala
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Do not miss the opera house, where you can listen to the beauty of classical music. This is where many famous musicians took their first steps in their careers. 

Shows at the La Scala Theatre

Shows at the La Scala Theatre
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Check out the classic shows of The Concert of Puccini’s Tosca, Romeo and Juliet, The Season Concert, and many more. 

You can book the tickets for these shows in advance.

The Museum Library

The Museum Library has more than 150,000 books, including 30 full-work manuscripts of Verdi’s Requiem Mass and Rossini’s Tancredi and single pieces by Mozart and Beethoven.

Tickets & Passes Cost
La Scala Theatre Guided Tour €36
Guided tour of Theatre & Museum €39
Best of Milan Tour €99
Discount Card: Milan Pass €89

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Where to book tickets for La Scala

Tickets for La Scala Theatre & Museum are available online in advance or at Teatro alla Scala box office.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because the attractions sells a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How online tickets work

Go to the La Scala Theatre ticket booking page, and select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets to buy.

You will receive the ticket confirmation in your email after the booking.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction.

Meet your tour guide in Largo Antonio Ghiringhelli, 1/Piazza Scala 20121 Milano MI – in front of “La scala” entrance.

Skip the line Tickets for La Scala Guided Tour

Book this popular ticket and tour La Scala Opera Theatre with an English-speaking guide.

Enjoy commentary through audio headsets so you’ll always hear your guide (if more than five people).

Learn why Milan has one of the world’s most famous opera houses and discover the city’s musical history.

Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of this marvelous theater, fall in love with the neoclassical interior, and gaze at the breathtaking crystal chandeliers.

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (11+ years): €36
Child Ticket (5 to 10 years): €31
Infant Ticket (up to 4 years): Free


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Guided Tour of La Scala Theatre & Museum

You can sign up for exclusive guided tours that take you through the corridors of the Theatre and the Royal Box and listen to the history of the 240-year-old Theatre. 

The hour-long guided tour is in English and starts at 2:30 pm. 

Once you book your tickets online and on the day of your visit show your smartphone e-tickets to your guide at the entrance of La Scala Shop in Piazza Della Scala. 

The tour is wheelchair accessible and can be canceled 24 hours before the start.

Join your guide for a fascinating tour of this iconic building and see where the premieres of works by Rossini, Puccini, and Italy’s beloved Verdi were performed.

Take in the opulent decor, the old-world, red velvet theater boxes, and seating for 3000.

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €39

The Best of Milan tour comes highly recommended. You explore Duomo Di Milano, The Last Supper, and Teatro alla Scala in three and a half hours.


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How to reach La Scala Theatre

La Scala is in the center of Milan, in the Piazza della Scala square opposite the Palazzo Marino (Milan’s city hall).

The main entrance to the theatre is in Piazza Della Scala.

However, if you have already bought your Las Scala tickets online, you should enter via the Theatre Museum entrance on Largo Ghiringhelli.

Address: Largo Ghiringhelli 1, Piazza Scala, 20121 Milano. Get Directions

You can reach the Opera house by car or public transportation.

By Bus

Board bus no. 85 and get off at Via Monte Di Pieta’ Via Verdi and walk for 4-minutes to reach the opera house.

By Subway

If you prefer the Underground, board the Red Line (Line 1) and get down either at Duomo or Cordusio Tube Stations.

Or board the Yellow Line (Line 3) and get down at Duomo or Montenapoleone Tube Stations.

By Tram

If a Tram is more convenient, you can board either Tram No 1 or Tram No 2 and get down at Manzoni – Scala stop.

By Train

If you plan to take the train, you can reach the Central Station, which links to the Yellow Line or the Cadorna Station, which links to the Red Line.

To La Scala from the airport

If you’re at the airport, you can get to the La Scala Theatre by train or car. 

The train is the best mode of transportation because there is a direct train every 30 minutes that leaves the airport and arrives at Milano Cadorna. The distance from the train is 41 km.

The drive from the airport to La Scala Theatre and Museum is 49.3 km. But, despite the distance, driving is the most affordable option for getting from the airport to your destination. 

By Car

If you are travelling by car, turn of Google Maps and get started.

Secure Parking is available at Via Agnello (Rinascente Car Park) and Piazza Diaz (Underground Car Park).

There are numerous other parking spaces around the theatre.


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Opening hours

La Scala Theatre and Museum opens at 9.30 am and closes at 5.30 pm throughout the week. The final admission of tourists is at 5 pm. 

Teatro Alla Scala is open all year round. However, it remains closed on 7, 25, and 26, December. On 24 and 31 December, La Scala opens from 9.30 am to 3 pm.

It also remains closed on 1 January, Easter Day, 1 May, and 15 August.

You can visit the Theatre only when rehearsals, performances, or events open to the public are not in session. 

This is why booking your La Scala Theatre & Museum tickets online is better.

Best time to visit La Scala

If you prefer a quieter visit to explore the theater without the rush of performance-goers, consider visiting when they open for the day at 9.30 am.

Mornings or early afternoons may be less crowded.

Weekdays can be less crowded compared to weekends. Plan your visit on a weekday to avoid larger crowds.

Italy is at its best during the springtime, but you can also visit the Teatro Alla Scala during the summer (April to June) and fall (September to October).

During the off-season, there are fewer tourists, and the prices of the tickets are a little cheaper. You can visit the Theatre at your own pace and enjoy its beauty. 

How long does La Scala Theatre take?

On average, it takes about 1 hour to take a complete tour of the La Scala Theatre and Museum. However, you can spend as much time exploring the museum and theatre.

If you wish to see the concert, you must come 15 minutes before the time mentioned on the ticket. The concert lasts about 2 hours.


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Rules for visiting Theatre and Museum

It is important to maintain decorum at the museum and theatre. Here are some suggestions for the same:

  • Photos are permitted only for personal use, and no flash photography.
  • Large bags and backpacks are to be submitted at the entrance. 

Visiting the Theatre

  • In the theatre’s boxes and foyers, complete stillness is required.
  • Except when specifically stated by the notice, taking photos or recording videos inside the boxes is against the law.
  • Only six people are allowed in the box at a time, and four if rehearsals are going. 

Visiting the Halls of the Museum 

  • Do not cause any harm to the museum property or other visitors.
  • The following activities are prohibited
    • smoking
    • eating or drinking 
    • running in the halls 
    • touching the objects and paintings on display
    • abandoning personal items even only momentarily 
    • moving chairs or any other furnishings

FAQs about La Scala Theatre & Museum

Here are some frequently asked questions about the La Scala Theatre-

How can I purchase tickets for performances at La Scala Theatre?

Tickets for La Scala performances can be purchased online or at Teatro alla Scala box office. We recommend booking tickets online to avoid last-minute disappointment and get your preferred timeslot.

Can I buy tickets for a guided tour of La Scala Theatre?

Yes, you can buy tickets for the La Scala Theatre Guided Tour and the Guided tour of Theatre & Museum.

Is there a dress code for attending performances at La Scala Theatre?

While there isn’t a strict dress code enforced, many attendees choose to dress formally for performances at La Scala. Business attire or elegant evening wear is commonly observed.

Can I get a refund or exchange my tickets if I can’t attend the performance?

Cancellation or rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

Is there an age restriction for attending performances at La Scala?

There is no specific age restriction for attending performances, but parental guidance might be recommended for certain productions, especially for younger audiences.

Sources
# Museoscala.org
# Teatroallascala.org
# Milan-museum.com
# Viator.com

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