Milan is perfectly placed for a night at La Scala Opera house, with your top tickets. Every year La Scala hosts an eleven month schedule encompassing popular operas with lesser known classics, and ballets as well, and the 2020 schedule is no exception.
For La Scala 2020 you have a wide range of operas including Il Trovatore, Salome, Tannhauser, Fedora, La Traviata and many more. Or alternatively, if you prefer the ballet (or want a second experience at La Scala), you can choose from Sylvia, Madina, Romeo & Juliet, Il Lago dei Cigni, Lo Schiaccianoci, amongst the selection. All operas and ballets are listed within the itineraries.
You can witness Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic and controversial The Last Supper fresco also.
We provide the right blend of activities with some free time to explore. This is the perfect location for extending your Milan opera package to take in a second or third city or a visit to nearby Lake Maggiore, Venice, Verona, Florence and Rome are all possible if you have more time to explore.
For more information on La Scala’s Schedule.
Italian Short Breaks are authorised to sell tickets for the La Scala Opera House in Italy. We will always guarantee your seats and ticket level as soon as the tickets are released (around 6 months prior).
Milan's opera house, La Scala is one of the most revered opera houses in the world and deservedly so. Every year La Scala performs world-class operas and ballets, which can ...Click for More Details
Begin your trip in cultural Milan taking in the Duomo with your private guide, before heading to see Leonardo da Vinci's controversial The Last Supper fresco. Then have time to ...Click for More Details
La Scala Opera House is one of the most revered opera houses in the world. Witness a dramatic performance of either opera or ballet, (or both!) seated in the best seats.
If opera is a real passion of yours, then this is the perfect trip for you. Begin your Italian opera break in Venice at La Fenice opera house. Then travel to nearby Verona for an ...Click for More Details
Spend your days exploring Verona and Milan on foot, while the evenings are reserved for your top level tickets to the opera.
In Verona the open-air Roman arena, in Milan La ...
The perfect blend of culture and opera multi city break. We arrange your stress-free travel including our night at the Verona opera in the Very Best seats. Then head onto ...Click for More Details
Most of our Italian short breaks can be extended to encompass a second or third location, but how about a fourth? Choose your opera in the Roman open-air arena in summer, and we ...Click for More Details
The opera was great. Scores 10/10 for the opera. The trip to the Last Supper was excellent. Our guide (Donatella) was early, very friendly and extremely well informed, both for the Last Supper and the trip around (and on top of) the Duomo - 10/10. So, all in all a great trip and we will certainly consider booking with you again.
I cannot thank you enough for the excellent organisation…I would definitely recommend Weekend a la Carte, and would be sure to contact you again. Once again, thank you for giving me and my partner a wonderful and special break.
Milan La Scala Trips
A Milan Opera package is a great way to celebrate your love of the opera. The La Scala de Milan opera schedule runs for eleven months of the year starting on the 7th December every year so there is always something to see. Operas can range from the more mainstream of Tosca, Carmen, Aida, Romeo & Juliet, Il Trovatore and La Traviata, to more discerning including options such as Semele, Il Viaggio a Reims, Fedora, Salome and plenty more. Alternatively, you could opt for either a second night at the opera or add in a ballet, which could include Swan Lake, Sylvia, Medina or many others. All of our Milan opera holidays include the best seats so you have an unrestricted view of the stage and performances taking place in front of you.
La Scala Milan has an unparalleled reputation as one of the best opera houses in the world and deservedly so. The beauty of the building and sets make this opera house a favourite with some of the best loved tenors and sopranos in the world. “Scala” translates as staircase and La Scala Opera House is named Scala as it was built on the site of the church of Santa Maria della Scala – Holy Mary of the Staircase.
The audience at La Scala Milan are world renown for their ability to give vocal feedback and can be merciless or ecstatic in their response to a performance. Indeed they can be cruel. In 2006 the tenor Alagna was booed off during his performance of Verdi’s Aida and his understudy had to replace him mid scene. There wasn’t even time for the understudy to change into a costume!
Your Milan opera holiday begins from the moment you arrive at Milan’s airport, as your private driver will be waiting to drive you to your hotel. There is no waiting for a group or shared transfers. All of the hotels we use in Milan are within 5-10 mins walk from the Duomo and La Scala Opera House, so you are free to wander the main sites of the city as you please.
After the Duomo and La Scala Milan, other fantastic sites include the Castle and museums, the gardens with the Arco della Pace and the art gallery, all of which it is worth allowing 2-3 hours to explore fully.
Our personal favourite activity whilst waiting for the main event of the La Scala Milan Opera in the evening is the rooftop walk at the cathedral. This gets you close to the elaborate sculptured roof with its arches and buttresses, as well of course giving you great views across the town.
The last supper by Leonardo da Vinci in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is one of the most recognisable paintings in the world. Commissioned by Leonardo’s patron the Duke of Milan, Sforza Leonardo worked on it from about 1495 to 1498. The exact dates are not known as the documents from the convent at this time have been lost or destroyed. There is however a quirky story that has endured which is that Leonardo received a complaint from one of the priors that he was taking too long to paint it. Leonardo wrote to the head of the monastery explaining that the delay was down to him struggling to finesse the perfect duplicitous face for Judas. He went on to explain that if he could not find a solution we would use the face of the prior who had complained instead!
Milan is renowned as being the global capital of fashion and design for those that are looking to self indulge a spot of shopping before attending the Milan Opera House. We would definitely recommend a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest open shopping mall, built between 1865 and 1877 close to La Scala Opera House. It has two elegant glass covered arcades covering the street between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Della Scala. It houses top end shops selling jewelry, haute couture fashion as well as fine dinning restaurants; some of them being the oldest restaurants and shops in Italy.
Whilst Milan is a mid-sized city, it does have a great public transport infrastructure with a good running Metro tube, tram and taxis, so even getting to Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, which is the furthest distance from your hotel in the centre, is very possible. Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is where Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper fresco is located, and is around a 20 mins walk.
For those who love their opera and want longer than a few days you have the option of extending to include a second opera at the Arena di Verona (if travelling between late June – early September). A short 1 hr train journey will whisk you between these two great Opera cities and you can then have the experience of both indoor and outdoor Italian Opera.
Alternatively if you would prefer to stick with the more traditional Opera theatre then extend to travel by first class train to the romantic city of Venice so as to attend an Opera at La Fenice Venice Opera House.
If you are a real opera connoisseur then why not enjoy our Opera Indulgence break where you get to sample Venice, Verona and Milan opera. Obviously due to the various opera schedules the opportunity to do this Italian trio opera break is limited, but it is a wonderful operatic treat for Opera lovers experiencing La Fenice Venice, the Verona Opera Festival and La Scala Milan all in one trip and all very different Opera experiences.
Alternatively, if travelling to Milan between April to October time then add a few days and split your time between Milan and either Lake Maggiore or Lake Como, both of which are an easy (included!) transfer. This is a great way to combine culture and relaxing times around beautiful lakes in around 5 days or longer to suit. For many this is the perfect combination so as to take time out after the hustle and bustle of seeing the La Scala Opera in Milan.