La Scala

La Scala, an iconic Opera House in Milan

  • The city of Milan has its famous Duomo: The Milan Cathedral is one of the most famous in the world. However, don’t let that distract the attention from another iconic landmark of the city: The Teatro alla Scala or La Scala, an opera house that was inaugurated in 1778 and that has been a stage for the most important opera artists in the last 200 years, as well as for the most famous operas: Nabucco, Otello, Madame Butterfly…
    La Scala was built after the old Teatro Ducale was burnt to the ground, and it may look like a regular opera in the outside, but its interior will leave you with the mouth open: Wooden, with red velvet drapes with golden ornaments and a great chandelier lamp hanging from the ceiling, the perfect location to enjoy the complexity and beauty of the opera performances.
  • Milan is also known as the Fashion Capital of Italy, and you will see that in the elegance of the locals that walk in the streets of the city centre. Your neighbours of the apartments near La Scala will be families and young professionals, as well as businessmen and women: Did you know that Milan is also the business centre of Italy and it constitutes one of the urban areas that are growing the most rapidly? Even if the city has only 1,3 million inhabitants, the large metropolitan area counts between 7 and 10 million of inhabitants. Around 20% of the locals of Milan come from different parts of the world, which means that the city is also gaining multiculturalism as years go by.
  • Are you ready to shop in the Fashion Capital of Italy? Yes, that’s what the city of Milan is, since the Milan Fashion Week is one of the most important fashion weeks in the world. After visiting La Scala, you can dedicate some time to shop, and there are some great options in this area! Actually, the most iconic shopping centre of Milan is the one that communicates La Scala with the Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano: We’re referring to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping arcade in Italy and one of the oldest in the world. Besides finding all sorts of haute-couture fashion shops and iconic restaurants, this shopping arcade will probably be the most beautiful you have ever seen. Its glass-vaulted arcades and its glass dome will delight you as you are diving into the Milan fashion atmosphere. If you’re still in the mood for more shopping after seeing the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you can also go to La Rinascente, another striking department store. Milan is one of the best cities in Europe to go shopping, so if you like to make your credit card dance, you have come to the right place!
  • The centre of Milan is quite reachable by foot, because there are tons of interesting things to see and do close by. During your trip to Milan, your feet will be your best allies, so get ready to walk! However, there is also an extensive tramway and metro system that you can use if you’re tired or if you want to arrive fast to the different parts of the city. In front of the Teatro alla Scala or La Scala you will find a tramway stop that will take you to other spots of the city of Milan. If you want to take the metro, you will have to walk to the Piazza del Duomo, where you will find the metro stop Duomo, or to Piazza Cordusio (metro stop Cordusio).
  • You can visit La Scala even if you’re not planning on seeing any performance. Besides, you can also visit the La Scala Theatre Museum (Museo Teatrale La Scala), where you will see an impressive collection of the history of opera and the theatre of La Scala: paintings, statues, drafts, costumes… If you’re a fan of opera theatre and can’t afford a performance in the iconic La Scala, you will like to visit its museum.
    After visiting La Scala, you can walk a little bit until you arrive to the Piazza del Duomo, so you can visit the famous Milan Cathedral. And if you go north instead of south, you will soon be in the Parco Sempione, a great green lung with some important monuments, such as the Sforza Castle, which hosts some important museums. Finally, don’t forget to go shopping! You are, after all, in the Fashion Capital of Italy, and places like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II sure deserve a visit.
  • One of the best things Italy has to offer is Italian cuisine, and even though the south of the country has most of the fame, you will see that in Milan they also know what they’re doing in the kitchen. Besides, such an elegant city calls for some fancy meals, and around La Scala you will have plenty of delicious gourmet options. In I Dodici Gatti (The Twelve Cats) you will be able to taste the best pizza of the centre of Milan; and in DeCanto you will be able to enjoy a delicious meal at lunchtime. If you feel like trying pasta or risotto, try the Trattoria dei Magnani ai Cantinoni – but keep in mind that you may want to go back! And finally, what about a gelato at Cioccolati Italiani?
    In the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II you will also find some great places to eat – nothing like the fast food places typical from other shopping centres! Keep in mind that it is the oldest shopping arcade in Italy, and the restaurants are up to the task.
  • When thinking about going out near La Scala, there is a very obvious option: Going to see a performance there! Recitals, symphonic concerts, ballet and, of course, opera. Those who are in love with the arts can’t miss out on the opportunity of enjoying it in such an iconic theatre.
    If you’re not in the mood for an opera, you can also go have a drink around. Up the Via Giuseppe Verdi you will find the Pub O’Connell, and you can also go to Piazza del Duomo to enjoy the atmosphere and have a drink enjoying the view of the Milan Cathedral.



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