Teatro Alla Scala

Teatro Alla Scala, Milan: Hours, Address, Teatro Alla Scala Reviews: 4.5/5

Teatro Alla Scala
09:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
This world-renowned opera house was built in 1778, where many composers wrote and conducted works including such greats as Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and Toscanini.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from €79.00
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The area
Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Cordusio • 5 min walk
  • Duomo • 5 min walk
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7,667 reviews
Very good

new york1,073 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Just saw a very impressive avant garde ballet/opera named Madina, la ragazza che non voleva morire. Very moving as it is inspired by a real story, that of a young lady from Chechnia forced to become a kamikaze.
Tickets need to be purchased way ahead of time as La Scala restricted the number of seats available because of the pandemia.
But, if this is a last mn purchase, be aware that some limited view in high balcony seats are available on the day of performance.
First, you need to create your own accountant on the Teatro della Scala site. Then, between 12 and 1pm on the day of performance, go to the ticket office and ask them where to queue up ( generally down the side street near the Stage Door. The guards in front are generally clueless, go in and ask at the desk).
It is the “L’ACCORDO” association who is responsible for these last mn tickets.
They will list your name if there are tickets available. Then you come back at 5.30 PM to pay (10 to 20eu a ticket, which is an incredible deal for a theatre that charges about 160eu for a regular ticket) and get your tickets.
Written 26 November 2021
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Mariela R
Buford, GA3 contributions
No customer service 😕 Disappointing experience
Nov 2021 • Family
Beautiful place, very disappointing experience.
I both my tickets from USA, anxious to visit this place. I arrived 5 minutes late and I was told that I had to wait for the break to not disturb the audience and then find my seat. I understood, but while I watched the concert standing up the lady that supposed to help me gave my seats in my presence to 2 young girls.
When the break came, she told the girls to give me my PAID seats back.
Giving my seats to someone else in my presence is RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL.
Nov 22nd, seats 151,152 and 153. Second Galleria. Second row.
Written 22 November 2021
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Atlanta, GA57 contributions
Warning: No Air Conditioning in boxes!
Sep 2021
Yes, La Scala is beautiful, and we're glad we got to see an opera there (well, part of an opera). We went in mid September 2021, and the day had been warm, but not hot. We were excited to see what some say is the most beautiful opera house in the world, and we paid top dollar for prime box seats.

However, we immediately noticed that our box was warm, not just a little, but a lot. This was in spite of the fact that they only sold 2 of the normal 4 seats in the box due to Covid (though I wouldn't pay good money for the back 2 seats since visibility is very poor from their perspective). My husband removed his jacket and I wished I had worn a sleeveless dress. We tried to make the best of it, but it was so hot that we were literally starting to drip with sweat (and the required covid mask made it even worse). It was extremely stuffy and unpleasant, especially in such a confined area and while dressed for an opera. At one point, I thought my husband was going to pass out. Therefore, we left after the first act. Before leaving the theater, we stepped onto the orchestra level and noticed that it was also warm, but not as hot as the boxes. This was very disappointing for our long awaited and quite expensive visit to a "world class" opera house.

The facility is beautiful, but if you go during the warmer months, dress for summer, get orchestra seats, bring a fan, and be prepared to perspire.
Written 21 September 2021
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Palm Bay, FL138 contributions
The marriage of Figaro - amazing!
Jun 2021 • Family
We just saw The Marriage of Figaro at this beautiful theater and it was superb. The opera is obviously fantastic but the cast did it great justice. And this theater is truly one of the most beautiful we have ever seen! If you have the chance to see something here you should!
Written 7 July 2021
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Pavlina Tarabova
Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution
Alarming customer approach. I suggest to not buy tickets, unless you are not 100% sure the performance will take place
Mar 2020 • Couples
With a great disappointment I have to share the experience with the La Scala customer approach.

I booked premium tickets for the box for March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation the performance was cancelled. Understandable.

We have asked for monetary refund as we did not plan visit any sooner. Since that request, a lengthy, extremely unprofessional process (if any) started.

Until this very day (December 2020) I have not received the refund.

I had to send over 40 follow up emails and received exactly 3 responses to resend my request. When I called the customer line, a lady said she is not able to help and simply hung up the phone on me.

As much as I understand the whole situation is difficult, the behavior of such a landmark cultural estate is unprecedented and great shame.

Whoever is responsible for customer care, shall question his position.

Due to this, we do not recommend to purchase any tickets in advance unless you are 100% sure the performance will take place. Otherwise be ready to lose your money.

In our case, to this day, the La Scala holds 500 EUR for performance which never happened and does not respond to our emails to process the refund.
Written 10 December 2020
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Port Said, Egypt400 contributions
Fascinating building
Feb 2020
Did not enter there, but it is quite an elegant building from the outside and a great architectural look.
Written 4 December 2020
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg362 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Build by the end of 18th century La Scala has been several times refreshed . And in a very good way.
Sound is to the perfection.
Seating is not the best, as many seats seem already quite used and do not offer expected comfort.
Representations are of world-class. Another Must while staying in Milano.
Written 18 October 2020
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Edinburgh, UK321 contributions
Last minute gallery tickets.
Oct 2020 • Couples
Concert performance of Aida with last minute cheap tickets. Having never been to opera this was an experience both musically and for the La Scala environment. Both great. We are in Covid times so this was a concert not acted performance and the theatre has very restricted seating to ensure social distancing - very strange with c.150+ on stage with orchestra and chorus and feeling like the same audience size.

Tickets on the day were very expensive at c. £150 but a small release (about 140 in normal times and c36 in Covid) is released via a strange system (NOT initially the box office but a queue down the side street near the stage door - I’ve pasted below from the official website, we were actually told the wrong place by the box office - it’s the side street where there is a covered walkway). It’s all a bit complex and you probably queue at various times for 1.5 hours during the day but tickets were c£10. Be warned that these are limited visibility and for the concert set up where the whole stage is used and the main performers are standing where the orchestra pit is this is worse - but you are in the gods and can stand and people do. A real mix of local opera lovers and a few tourists use this.

Process is below and remember - register first as the email gets your reference number that is needed and take your passport. Initial registration is 1pm and you return at 5.30 pm before being sent to the box office. We were there at 12.50 and were 27 and 28 in the queue. Assume this varies on the day and some web sites say you have to be much earlier. Take a view that there is no guarantee and it’s a bit of luck and plan your day around local activities to La Scala - duomo, La Scala museum, walk around castle and parks etc.

Copied - Every performance the Theatre offers balcony numbered tickets for seats with reduced visibility (performances of Special Projects are not included).
“L’ACCORDO” Association, registered in Largo Vulci 7, Milano, collaborates with the Teatro alla Scala Foundation and is officially responsible for managing the queue, handing out tokens and calling the roll prior to the purchase of the tickets; members of the staff of “L'ACCORDO” Association are provided with identification badges.
Before the purchase, it is necessary to register your personal data by accessing the wi-fi network "Biglietteria_Scala" with your smartphone and following the registration procedure, or at the electronic totems in the Box Office.
Any changes to the times given above will be communicated in advance via the official page.

1. LIST REGISTRATION: every spectator must be present in the queue and show their identity document.
2. ROLL CALL: the spectators on the list, present at the time of the roll call, answer the call for themselves and at most one other person indicated on the list (showing their respective documents). Spectators who do not respond to the appeal lose priority in the queue.
3. PURCHASE: at the end of the roll call of all the people on the list, each spectator, accompanied by the representatives of the Association L’accordo and equipped with the customer code relating to the registration at the Theater Ticket Office, can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets, one for himself and one for another person on the list.

The buyer’s name will be printed on the ticket and he/she will be required to show his/her ID card at the entrance to the Theatre. If the names do not match, admission will be denied. It is not possible to select seats. Seats cannot be exchanged or given away.
Written 7 October 2020
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San Jose, CA6 contributions
Sad upon sad
Oct 2019
My heart goes out to the City Of Milan every day during this trying time.

Also sad is that I associate this with my much anticipated trip to La Scala, the Monumental Opera house of Milan. Unfortunately we purchased last minute tickets to the now moved on "Quartette." I was told that this was a "different kind of" opera and when I Googled "Quartette" I got spun into information on 4 piece music but no real information on the performance. Neither did it occur to me that there was a nearly empty Opera House and that being able to choose your seat should have made it obvious that we should have stayed away. So after revelling in the magic of La Scala, the Building, the opera commenced--we thought. It turned out to be neither singing, nor music, nor acting. The little stage box was cute but there was absolutely NO sense to the experience. It was nauseating and disappointing and within 15 minutes I was in tears at what I was hearing and seeing; random awkward notes and disgust. I left my family and my box trying to get help but was sent "upstairs" to an empty room. When I was returned to my family, they all wanted to leave and we did, asking ushers along the way what we should do. Other patrons were leaving as well. This was not even remotely opera. And La Scala knew that. They knew tickets were not selling. We have seen many operas, ballets and plays in big cities around the world. I have watched other performances that i did not "agree" with, but I have never felt ill enough--nauseated, anxious and regretful-- to leave behind a purchased seat. This is not what I paid way too much money for. My credit card understood but Teatro Alla Scala refused to refund. This is my memory of our last evening in Milan.

(Family of 5 adults.)
Written 29 March 2020
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,384 contributions
The theater Alla Scala & coronavirus
Mar 2020 • Solo
Another symbol of Milan is alone in his magnificent solitude, nobody around, only the tram pass by completely empty
Written 25 March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Teatro Alla Scala

Teatro Alla Scala is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 12:30
  • Mon - Fri 13:30 - 17:30
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