Milan and La Scala

La Scala Opera House
La Scala Opera House
Velvet scene curtain, La Scala Opera House
Velvet scene curtain, La Scala Opera House
The interior of La Scala Opera House
The interior of La Scala Opera House
The interior of La Scala Opera House
The interior of La Scala Opera House
Castello Sforzesco, Milan
Castello Sforzesco, Milan
Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral
Evening scene along the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy.
Evening scene along the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy.
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Perhaps no opera house in the world can rival Milan’s La Scala for sheer musical pedigree and glamour. Known by its Italian name, Teatro alla Scala, it has premièred great works by the likes of Bellini and Puccini, and scores of glittering débuts have been made here, by virtuosos as diverse as Maria Callas and Paganini.

This tour allows music lovers to immerse themselves in a whirlwind of history and stagecraft. The history of opera is lovingly detailed at La Scala’s museum, Museo Teatrale alla Scala, where a fascinating collection of paintings, costumes, statues and documents are curated. A special tour of the Ansaldo workshops, engine rooms of La Scala, reveals the secrets of staging opulent, worldclass theatrical productions. Go backstage for a glimpse of carpenters working on set design and see dressmakers running up flamboyant costumes. With tickets to magical performances included, don’t miss this chance to live and breathe the world of Italian opera at its finest.

  • Stalls seats for a total of three stage performances
  • Private tour of the home for retired musicians, founded by Verdi
  • Experience a private backstage tour before a performance at the world-renowned venue
  • Special access to the theatre workshops, to see craftspeople creating the magic on stage
  • Take a private tour of Milan’s stunning Duomo
  • Visit the extraordinary collection of musical instruments at Sforza Castle

Themes

  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly to Milan’s Linate airport from London Heathrow and check in to our hotel. Tonight, we have an introductory lecture and dinner.
Hotel: Sina de la Ville, Milan
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today, depart for the Museo Teatrale alla Scala and tour its collections. After lunch, enjoy a special tour of the Ansaldo Workshops – a privileged opportunity to see the craftspeople working hard on sets and costumes. After dinner, we attend a stunning ballet – Giselle with music by Adolphe Adam.
Performance: Giselle
Hotel: Sina de la Ville, Milan
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Visit Casa Manzoni, where Alessandro Manzoni, author of the novel The Betrothed, was born in 1785. Lunch is at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Duomo di Milano and after we take a private tour of the Duomo before returning to our hotel. Later, we attend the second performance on our tour: Opera – L’Eilisr d’Amore with music by Gaetano Donizetti.
Performance: L’Elisir d’Amore
Hotel: Sina de la Ville, Milan
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

En route to Castello Sforzesco, we pass through Piazza Cardusio and the pedestrian street of Via Dante. Our destination is the Musical Instrument Museum and we discover its collection of 15th to 20th century instruments. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure. We have an early supper and then enjoy a backstage tour of La Scala opera house before attending the last performance on our tour: Opera – Quartett with music by Luca Francesconi.
Performance: Quartett
Hotel: Sina de la Ville, Milan
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

After a leisurely start to the day, we visit Casa Verdi – the composer’s final resting place. From here, we have lunch and then fly back to London.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

Travel Information

Travel Information
Weather in October can be rather unpredictable although it should still be quite mild. Although you are unlikely to need heavy winter clothing you may wish to pack a jacket and shoes suitable for cooler weather and possible rain.

There will be some walking around Milan although none of the distances are particularly long. The city is flat and most of the centre is closed to traffic. The hotel is about a 5 min walk from the cathedral square and the La Scala opera house.

Performances start at 20:00 and we will have all dinners beforehand. There is no particular requirement regarding a dress code to any of the performances at La Scala although you may although you may be turned away if you are wearing sandals (men), trainers, track suits and shorts. We suggest smart casual clothing.

There is some free time for shopping and exploring the city. Credit cards are accepted in most places although you may need some cash, Euros, for smaller purchases.

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