Alla Scala Theater and its secrets

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Guided visits are organized upon reservation, from Monday to Saturday, except Holidays, during the opening hours of the Museum, from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.30 to 17.00, except during rehearsals, shows, or extraordinary exhibitions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: reservations are accepted in waiting list, and confirmed only at the publication of the essays calendar for the requested month, usually a few days before the end of the previous month. Charge to the credit card is made at the moment of the order. The tours could undergo some changes even at the last moment due to the needs of theater operations

The price includes the guided visit to the Theater and the entrance fee to the Museum.

Guided visit is available in Italian, English, French.

To participate, it is requested good mobility and comfortable shoes.

Maximum 5 participants.

Duration: about 1 hour and a half

Alla Scala Theater and its secrets

Trail:

  • Foyer Toscanini
  • The hall seen from the boxes
  • Foyer of the galleries
  • The hall seen from the second gallery
  • Vaulting
  • Chandelier from the inside
  • Mario Botta Stairs
  • Royal box
  • Decorated boxes
  • Foyer of entrance
  • Orchestra stalls
  • Under the stage
  • Prompter pit
  • Orchestra pit
  • The stage (only if allowed by the technician)
  • The stage seen from the 7th floor
  • Passage from the flying tower to the ellipse
  • Under the scenic machine


"Alla Scala" Theater, in the heart of Milan's historic city center, is the most important Italian Opera House and an emblem known and admired all over the world. It is where many of the most famous operas by the greatest nineteenth-century composers were first performed.

The Theater was built according to the desire of the Empress Maria Teresa of Austria after the old "Teatro Regio Ducale", Milan's traditional opera house, was destroyed by fire.

Building costs were borne by the "Palchettisti" or box-holders in the Ducale Theater, in exchange for the concession of the site of the former Church of Santa Maria alla Scala", after which the Opera House was named and the renewal of the right to own a box in the new Theater. The Theater was designed by the distinguished Neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini and was officially opened on the 3rd of August 1778.

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