An evening out in Milan

Looking for the chance to spend a magical evening in Milan?  You might consider attending an opera at the famous Teatro alla Scala theatre in the heart of Milan as part of your itinerary.  It is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in Italian culture.    

You might want to spend a lazy afternoon relaxing at your hotel before your evening out, or perhaps take in a museum and eat a light snack, something like a panino sandwich and a shot of rich espresso.   The area of the Duomo is packed with opportunities to soak in the vibrant culture of the city, so you will have no problem finding a great spot to take a break.

 When it is time to go to the theatre, be sure to leave plenty of time to get there.  The metro is a terrific way to get around town, but it can be crowded at times.  Fortunately, there are other options, including walking to the theatre through the Centro Storico if you happen to have a hotel in the heart of downtown.

For a newcomer to opera, a performance at La Scala offers the chance to be swept away in the passion and pageantry of an Italian opera production. Even before the performance, you may find yourself gawping at the opulent scene as you absorb the amazing architecture, the fashionable attire of the other opera-goers, and a mix of lovely perfumes that combine to heighten the experience.

The very construction of the opera house helps deliver a special feeling of privilege. The box seats that surround the orchestra pit offer a more intimate experience than sitting in the middle of a larger seating section, especially if you attend as a couple and can share a romantic moment as you take in the stunning birds-eye view of the stage.

Once the performance begins, consistently top-notch costumes and talented artists leave no doubt: you’ve come to one of the most prominent theatres in the world, especially for Italian opera.

Luckily for you, after the opera, you still have the rest of the night! Why not complete your evening with a late-night dinner, Italian-style, at any one of the wonderful spots in downtown Milan?  One place that is always hopping late night is the gorgeous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is within walking distance of La Scala; just follow the Italians!

Prepare ahead of time:  attending the opera in Milan has become very popular and it is advisable to get tickets ahead of time.   If you like to be spontaneous, you might just pick up tickets last-minute.  But, many people have told their sad story of having their heart set on seeing an opera at the legendary theatre, only to find the performances completely sold-out. 

Ready for a magical night in Milan? Follow this link for tickets, and enjoy the show: http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html

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