Scala Theatre

La Scala Theatre

Milan is a nice city: if you take your time and raise your eyes you’ll find out most charming corners, and if you are able to forget traffic and its frenzied pace you’ll discover it is a wonderful art city.
Watching at it from a different point of view is certainly worth while.
So, here you go with a new section of MilanoSecrets: you’ll walk along the shopping trails with a new twist, artistic and cultural, and you’ll soon become the best-informed, the most attentive and the most stylish of your group. Of course (but this is a secret we won’t disclose to anybody) we’re going to pick up only those palaces, churches, monuments and museums which are located close enough to cool shops and windows!

We love culture, but … our wardrobe deserves attention too!

Our art pieces are written by Fabio, a passionate fan of art matters and a great Milanese walker, but all references of some significance are validated and confirmed by MilanoSecrets!


It is one of the most renowned theatres in the world.
It is named after the square bearing the same name which is really a salon in the city.
On its turn the square is named after the Gothic church raised in 1371, S. Maria della Scala, so called to honour the Client, Regina della Scala, married to a Visconti, the Lord of Milan. The church was later demolished to provide the site for the royal theatre which was destroyed by a fire in 1776.    
On  August 3rd 1778 the nowadays so famous theatre was first opened: it fulfilled the wish of Maria Teresa d’Austria and had been designed by the well known architect Giuseppe Piermarini from Foligno, a pupil and an aide of Vanvitelli. The opera “Europa riconosciuta“ (“Europe revealed”: reassuring or rather distressing for the time being?)  was staged.
The style is neoclassic, plain, minimal, so deeply Milanese! Nothing peculiar with the exception of the coach gallery, quite similar to a porch placed on the front side. It was a choice which caused a sensation, though it later set a fashion.   
Severely damaged by the bombing in the night of  August 15th 1943,  it got restored and officially reopened on  May 11th 1946 with a memorable concert conducted by the maestro Arturo Toscanini.  
The latest major restoration works which concerned the rear portion and the logistic scheme of the boxes were carried out between 2002 and 2004.
A quick accomplishment indeed if we consider the quite short span of years, a further evidence of  the city’s efficiency.
Beside the architecture of the front or the refined interior spaces, which can host over two thousand spectators, the real charm of the La Scala theatre lies in the prestigious and fascinating atmosphere conveyed by this opera house, a real temple.
The essential feature of the Italian culture is felt here, that is melodrama.   
The opening night at La Scala, on December 7th, the patron saint’s S. Ambrogio Day, is a cultural event with an international range.
It’s really moving to be present at the premiere: you can travel through the centuries, you can enjoy the by-gone beauty again and meanwhile you feel as if hanging in time.
But this is another matter.
Our story though, that is telling about Milan corners, could simply go on by turning round to admire the Palazzo Marino dating back to the XVI century, the current Municipality headquarters, or the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele linking our square with Piazza del Duomo.
But these too are other matters….

Well, if La Scala belongs to our forbidden dreams, why not watch out for some shops in the city where you will be allowed to feel a bit of an artist?
In the cosy bonbonnière Porselli shop, right on the side of the theatre, plenty of pink tutus and pointed pumps are on tap, and you are most likely to meet an étoile in this small room.     
If your only wish is that of lending your look a dance twist, don’t miss a visit to the more contemporary Re Art: from the wide tulle skirt to the tango dancing shoes, the realm of the Roberto Bolle & Friends fans is all here!

You are fond of music?
Our friend Vale, a guy in the know, has told us that musical instruments must be bought in Milan at Lucky Music or else in the more mainstream Ricordi shop in Piazza Duomo, whereas scores are to be purchased in Mitarotonda

You are fond of music but your ear is not good for music?
What you need is practice, learning from skilled people. Stock up on records: if someone still listens to them, still buys them instead of bootlegging them, the best shop ever where you can find out the ultimate classic music artist alongside a set of CDs dedicated to Milan is the Bottega Discantica.

Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici 2

Piazza P. Ferrari

Corso Garibaldi 49

Lucky Music
Via Carlo D’Adda 29

Via Ugo Foscolo 3

Via F. Corridoni 37

Bottega Discantica
Via Nirone 5