Milan – La Scala Theater – Teatro Alla Scala

This post on Milan – La Scala Theater is an excerpt from the book “Milan” by Enrico Massetti. The book is available in printed and digital formats. – It’s an independent, unbiased, and accurate guide to the city.

Milan - La Scala Theater
Milan – La Scala Theater – Photo ©

Milan – La Scala Theater history.

“Teatro Alla Scala” is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Empress Maria Theresa of Austria founded it. It replaced its predecessor, the Regio Teatro Ducale, built in 1589 and destroyed by flames in 1776. It was the home of the opera in Milan. The great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini designed and made it between 1776 and 1778. It opened in August of the same year with a libretto by Antonio Salieri.

Between the two wars, great artists of the time appeared at the Scala. La Scala suffered severe damage by bombing In 1943.

Milan – La Scala Theater has reopened again on 11 May 1946. It was a historic concert conducted by Toscanini. The theatre rapidly returned to its previous level of excellent production and art.

A three-year break allowed a complex restoration and renovation work. The Arcimboldi Theatre entertained all the artistic activities in this period. The most noticeable aspects of the works undergone were the modernization of the mechanical service plants. The new stage tower now sitting at the back of the building went through a significant renovation. The season reopening the Theater premiered at La Scala on December 7, 2004.

Piazza Scala
Piazza Scala – Photo ©
Milan – La Scala Theater essentials.

The opera house takes its name from the old church of Santa Maria Della Scala, whose original site was here. This Theater is one of the perfect theaters in the world.

The December seven premiére is one of the most awaited cultural and social events in the year. It gathers the most prominent personalities from the fields of culture, politics, industry worldwide. The most popular TV and cinema stars want to attend.

La Scala Theatre is home to the best opera singers and conductors. It offers a broad repertoire which attracts thousands of visitors and opera buffs.

It holds a total of 2,200 people. These include 678 orchestra seats, 409 seats in the first and second galleries, and 155 boxes dispersed on four levels.

In Piazza Scala, greenery circles the neoclassical theater architecture. A monument to Leonardo da Vinci provides the perfect backdrop.

La Scala Theatre’s history, acoustic, and the outstanding level of its performances made it one of the best-known temples of lyric and classical music in the world.

La Scala - Interior
La Scala – Interior – Photo ©
Where and how to buy tickets for La Scala

On the official Website:, you can reserve tickets and buy them online.

The following official channels can sell the tickets in exclusive:

  • The Central Box Office – Galleria del Sagrato, Piazza Duomo, Milan.
  • The Biglietteria Filodrammatici (Ticket office) – via Filodrammatici 2, Milan. The office opens two and a half hours before the beginning of the performance.
  • Online at
  • Through the telephone reservations service on 02-860775
  • At Authorized Sales Agents, available in all Italy. They add a 20% commission to the price of tickets purchased through them.

What happens if you didn’t reserve on time? Scalpers should be illegal. Be careful if somebody offers you tickets at the door and asks you cash.

The Theater puts all unsold tickets on sale half an hour before the start of the show. They sell them at the theater shop, not at the ticket office. The shop is on the left side of the Scala, next to the entrance to the gallery seats. Stay there and wait; generally, the tickets are available. Sometimes there is a line.

Google search “How to buy tickets for La Scala Milan.” You will get more than six million answers. Several dozens of the top results are for websites that buy advertising from Google to get in the position. Be careful and check what you are reading on these sites and what you are buying! Many of them are travel agencies selling guided tours.

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