Spouses' Tour

La Scala


The Teatro alla Scala (“Theatre at the Stairway”) is one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. Built in 1776–78 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (whose country then ruled Milan, in 1872 it became the property of the city of Milan. La Scala’s repertoire is more varied than that of the other four or five leading opera houses. Conductors are given control of casting and rehearsals. The composer Giuseppe Verdi was closely associated with the house during the 19th century. Toscanini’s tenure as artistic director marked one of the finest periods in the theatre’s existence. Associated with the theatre are a ballet company, a ballet school, and a singing school.

The Duomo di Milano is one of the world's largest Gothic cathedrals. Construction began in 1386 and took five centuries to complete. The structure is covered with white and pink marble with a roof covered in openwork pinnacles and spires crowned with sculptures and on the highest spire is the Madonnina, a gilded bronze statue, which has become the symbol of Milan. The interior in equally impressive, a vast structure made of large darkened marble with sculpted marble columns that reach the ceiling.

cormorants and seals on a rock in La Jolla

Lunch will be organised off the Piazza Duomo.

The tour will finish with a visit to Quadrilatero d'Oro, the Golden Rectangle, which is lined with famous haute couture boutiques including Versace, Prada, and Armani. Having opened in 1867, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II's glass vaulted shopping arcade is one of the oldest shopping centres in the world. Its range of couture outposts, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton give it enduring appeal. It also happens to host Prada's flagship store. Via Torino, and Via Tortona are laced with curious little shops and designer showrooms whilst the Navigli area is the place to experience Milanese street-style at its best.

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