Plan to visit The Cathedral (Duomo), Galleria and The Scala in Milan? Discover more with the Milan Walking Tour.
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Enjoy an exclusive tour in the heart of Milan with a guided visit of the La Scala Museum and Theatre, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Duomo.
Duomo Milan [the cathedral]
The Duomo, a huge gothic representation of the power of the city at the time of the lordships
The Duomo is the timeless symbol of Milan, solemn, elegant and sublime. Started in 1386 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it was built over a period of five centuries and underwent numerous modifications and modernizations over time. Today the Cathedral looks like a real triumph of pinnacles, spiers, buttresses, flying buttresses, wonderful windows. Initially the project had to follow the stylistic features of Lombard Gothic.
But the decision of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan and founder of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, to use Candoglia marble instead of brick, as was the tradition at that time, provoked a revolution in style that forced the factory to search engineers, architects, sculptors and expert stonemasons of Central European Gothic in the construction sites of cathedrals of half of Europe.
Thus was born the Gothic detail of the Duomo and also for this reason it is not possible to trace back to a sure paternity of the one who took care of the delicate initial phase of planning.
The Teatro alla Scala
The Teatro alla Scala was built in 1776 on the ashes of the old Ducal Theatre and at the beginning of the following century it became the home of Italian opera thanks to the great work of Gioacchino Rossini.
The Scala Theatre Museum is the recurrent protagonist of theatre’s glorious theatre. It houses an extensive collection of costumes, portraits, sketches and musical instruments. Among the many museum treasures there is the precious collection of Sambon ceramics, all following th theme of theatrical tradition, and the portraits of the great masters who have graced the stage of La Scala, like Arturo Toscanini, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Even today, they like to call it “the living room of Milan”, because once it really was, as the fulcrum of Milanese bourgeois life among elegant boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
And even today it is a must for those who arrive in the city and a place of the heart for those who live in the city: we speak of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II of Milan, a splendid nineteenth-century complex that dominates Piazza Duomo and ideally frames it, from the left side observing the Cathedral, opposite the Palazzo dell’Arengario and the Museo del ‘900 beyond the large square.
To welcome those who want to visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan is the large arch that invites you to enter. Inside, historic bars, boutiques, restaurants, but also decorations and small and large treasures, which lead straight to the other square symbol of the Milanese center: Piazza della Scala.
Milan Walking Tour Guided
- Meeting with the guide in front of the entrance of Teatro all Scala (under the portico)
- Access to the Theatre Museum
- Tour and commentary on the collection of the Museum and overlooking the central boxes inside the theater (access will not be allowed in the presence of rehearsals or performances)
- 45-minute walk in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II until you arrive in Piazza Duomo to explain the equestrian monument of King Vittorio Emanuele, Palazzo Arengario, Palazzo Reale and the exterior of the Cathedral
- The tour ends at the Duomo Market
Milan Walking Tour start in
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 11/12, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
In front of the entrance of Teatro alla Scala (under the portico). Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes early.
- Guided tour of the Theatre Museum and Teatro alla Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Duomo
- Admission tickets to the Theatre Museum
- Exclusive guide by Musement
What to remember
- In the event of closure for rehearsals it will not be possible to visit the inside of the theater
- The tour will not take place if it does not reach a minimum number of participants. If this happens you will be offered an alternate date for your booking
- Changes and cancellations are possible up to 48 hours before your visit
The Milan Walking Tour runs
- Every day at 2.00pm