Last October my friend and I travelled to Europe for three weeks. We visited Italy, followed by Austria and Hungary. Our first stop was Milan, Italy.
On day two, we visited the opera house, Teatro alla Scala.
You can buy tickets to tour it right at the front of the building, near the gift shop. I think going early is best because closer to tour time the line was backed up. Having purchased tickets an hour earlier, we walked right in and skipped the line.
The entire left side of the building is a museum (not shown in the photo above) and the right side is the theatre and lobby. If we had more time we would have loved to see a performance there!
Here are some photos of the museum:
The beauty of the museum is worth going to in itself, but it’s also filled with theatre and opera history as well as history of La Scala specifically. On display are instruments, music scores, set designs, as well as paintings of actors, singers and musicians who performed at La Scala in the past.
Being a theatre professional, I’m ashamed to say I only recognized a few people in the paintings. I clearly need to brush up on my theatre history!
Here is the well known American soprano, Maria Callas:
Also the well known Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi, who was one of La Scala’s stars. According to my friend Vivica, these two ladies had a long standing rivalry that started at a concert in Brazil. There is lots of info about that on the internet I later found out!
Along with these paintings, there is so much more history to take in. Plus, each room has a beautiful Culti diffuser in the corner, making the entire building smell amazing.
The tour includes a visit to the stunning lobby and theatre as well. While we were there, the stage crew was in the middle of a change over from Quartet to L’elisir d’amore. I believe shows run every other day, probably to give the opera singers a break.
Looking back on these photos really makes me miss working in theatre. I hope the industry will be able to re-open soon! As soon as it’s safe to of course.
Teatro alla Scala is located in the Piazza della Scala, a beautiful little square that seems calm in the tourist-filled city.
On the other side of the piazza is the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s Italy’s oldest shopping mall, and one of the most famous landmarks in Milan.
We headed there in search of dinner. And perhaps a bit of window shopping at Prada too.
We settled on a restaurant called Gino’s 1928. The food looked great and the menu had allergy friendly options for me.
We split a Pizza Margarita with Mozzarella di Bufala, and I had a glass of Pinot Grigio to go with it.
Afterward we walked through the Piazza del Duomo and hopped on the metro back to Admiral Hotel. Fun fact, the hotel is James Bond themed!
One last look at the Duomo before leaving Milan.
I hope you enjoyed this day in Milan. In the next post I’ll be heading to Verona, Italy.
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