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Seating Plan & Practical Advice when attending the Opera in Milan

La Scala Opera House has an array of stunning operas and some ballets being performed eleven months of the year, so there is always plenty to choose from. The scheduled season runs from December to November each year and is usually released around August time, although this is subject to the Milan Opera schedule being finalised and can vary slightly from year to year.

The Milan Opera House has four main levels of seating. These range from the Stalls (yellow on the schematic above), The Box (green), and the First and Second Circles (pink). The best category seating is the Stalls which are located on the ground and usually in the centre, which affords the best view of the stage; however, aisle seating can be selected if preferred. This is our favourite category as it offers an unparalleled view of the stage and the incredible sets and performance taking place in front of you.

The Box seats are further back and if on the front row, offer a good view of the stage, but if seated behind the first row, expect some visual restrictions which might lessen your view. The Circle seats are the furthest back position and higher up, so have some further restrictions.

The Stall seats at La Scala Opera House are easily reached for those with any degree of mobility issues. If you have a specific request, please notify us and we will be happy to assist you in whichever way we can.

The opera and ballet start times vary from 2.30 pm for the matinees, 6 pm (typically for the ballet) and 8 pm (usually for the opera), with most performances taking place at the later time of 8 pm. For all levels of La Scala Milan tickets, you are expected to be in your seats 1 hour prior to performance.  You are not allowed to photograph or record the performance.

Currently we provide you with etickets with a bar code, so for your ease, you can go straight to the entrance and be allowed admittance.

You do not have to queue up at the Box Office. The libretto along with the music and other souvenirs can be purchased from the gift shop on the night of the opera.

We guarantee that all of your travel companions will be seated together, so that you can enjoy the experience with your loved ones, especially if celebrating a special event. However, please note we can only confirm your exact row and seats around 6 months prior to the performance when La Scala release their booking system.

The dress code for your opera in Milan is smart/casual. Please note denim is not permitted and you are expected to be in presentable attire. However, some people are very likely to dress to impress in style, so depending on the season, you have the option to dress accordingly!

As the weather in Milan can vary from 3c in winter, 14c in autumn, 18c in spring and 27c in summer, you may need a coat with a hood if travelling in the winter and autumn months.

As this is an indoor venue, the performance always goes ahead.

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