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Opera & Art in Milan

A four night break with opera at La Scala

Opera & Art in Milan

Milan’s La Scala is the most famous opera house in the world. Opened in 1778 on the site of a church, it has played host to some of the greatest singers including Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas. Verdi trained at La Scala and both Otello and Falstaff were premiered here. Famous house conductors include Toscanini, Abbado and Barenboim.
Tickets for a performance of Verdi’s Ernani with visits to the La Scala Museum and the Casa Verdi are included.



This tour begins at the hotel. We meet at the Hotel de la Ville (4* Superior) close to the Duomo and La Scala in the centre of Milan. The hotel has a good restaurant and a roof garden and with heated swimming pool. A welcome reception will be followed by dinner in the hotel.


This morning we visit the colossal Duomo the largest Gothic cathedral in Italy. Next we visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in the church’s refectory. An opera talk is followed by an early dinner before we make our way to La Scala for tonight’s performance of Verdi’s Ernani.
Ernani Francesco Meli, Elvira Ailyn Pérez, Don Carlo Simone Piazzola Adam Fischer, conductor.


The day begins with a visit to the Casa Verdi, a home for retired musicians and also the La Scala Museum with its fascinating collection of memorabilia. The Brera Academy, one of the finest Italian galleries, will be visited in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel with an optional performance of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. (Tickets up to £275).


Today we visit the Castello Sforzesco, the fortress of Milan, with its fine museums including work by Michelangelo and Leonardo. Later we visit the Romanesque Basilica Sant’Ambrogio which dates from the 4th century. There will be time for relaxation to visit the Galleria.


Check out will be available after breakfast.

There is a good range of inexpensive flights from the UK to Milan and Linate airport is an easy journey to the city. We will be happy to help with travel arrangements.
The hotel is in the centre and whilst there are modest walks around the old town there is nothing especially strenuous. There will be an illustrated opera talk about the composer and the music in preparation for the performance.