Italy may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

Book Piazza della Scala Holidays
Holiday Travel Guide

Gaze up at the city hall and the world-renowned theater from the green island at the core of this plaza, which pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci.

With its opera house and circular garden, the Piazza della Scala is among the most iconic squares in Milan. This semi-pedestrian plaza is linked to the central Duomo Square by the glass-covered Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade full of upscale stores, cafés and restaurants. Sit at one of the benches in the central garden and watch people go by in the heart of the city.

Although a road surrounds the edges of the piazza, the large inner square is for pedestrians only. Admire the red and gray patterns of the brick cobbles and concrete slabs that encircle the grassy patches at the plaza’s nucleus. Rising from the center is a white marble statue of Leonardo da Vinci, with portrayals of four of his students beneath his feet. Admire the reliefs depicting the artist’s main specialties: architecture, painting, sculpting and engineering.

Find out more about da Vinci in the adjacent Leonardo3 Museum, which showcases working replicas of his machines. The polymath is celebrated in Milan, where he painted his famous ecclesiastical work The Last Supper.

The square’s crowning jewel is the 18th-century Teatro alla Scala, which covers the plaza’s northwestern side. Admire the colonnade and pediment of the neoclassical façade. Note that renowned composer Antonio Salieri performed on the opening night in 1778. Today, it remains a key element of Milan’s cultural scene, offering regular ballet shows, operatic performances and musical recitals. Bring your kids to the performing arts workshops.

At the opposing end of the square stands the Palazzo Marino, which serves as Milan’s city hall. Take photos of the majestic frontage of this 16th-century edifice. Walk through the triumphal arch of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and browse the exclusive shops.

Find the Piazza della Scala in the center of Milan. It has a range of transportation links, including the Cordusio and Duomo metro stations, the Teatro alla Scala tram stop and many nearby bus stops. While in this central zone, go to the San Fedele Church, the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti and the Magazzini Contratti.

Top things to do in Piazza della Scala

Top Trending Hotels Near Piazza della Scala

Uptown Palace
Uptown Palace
4 out of 5
Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
The price is £95 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb

Located in Milan Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Milan, Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale. Bocconi University and Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. The staff was very helpful. I have planned a trip to Bernina early morning before breakfast hours and the staff has advised us they can pack it for us. They kept the breakfast packed and readythe next day on time."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Uptown Palace
NH Collection Milano President
NH Collection Milano President
5 out of 5
Largo Augusto, 10, Milan, MI
The price is £133 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"Just a weekend, trip to Milan. Nice hotel, good location, reasonably priced, nice staff. Very practical option. Have no problems with this place. Keep Traveling."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

NH Collection Milano President
The Square Milano Duomo
The Square Milano Duomo
4 out of 5
Via Alberico Albricci, 2-4, Milan, MI
The price is £143 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torre Velasca and Palazzo Reale. Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)

"Very good location, welcoming staff ... good overall !"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2020

The Square Milano Duomo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Piazza della Scala

Image for Explore Milan's Fashion District

Explore Milan's Fashion District

Explore Milan's Fashion District

Popular places to visit in Piazza della Scala

Book Piazza della Scala Holidays

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Hotel Deals

Uptown Palace
Uptown Palace
4 out of 5
Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
The price is £95 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb
Uptown Palace
NH Collection Milano President
NH Collection Milano President
5 out of 5
Largo Augusto, 10, Milan, MI
The price is £133 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
NH Collection Milano President
The Square Milano Duomo
The Square Milano Duomo
4 out of 5
Via Alberico Albricci, 2-4, Milan, MI
The price is £143 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
The Square Milano Duomo
UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
4 out of 5
Via Cusani 13, Milan, MI
The price is £120 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
Hotel Dei Cavalieri
Hotel Dei Cavalieri
4 out of 5
Piazza Giuseppe Missori 1, Milan, MI
The price is £124 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb
Hotel Dei Cavalieri
Mandarin Oriental, Milan
Mandarin Oriental, Milan
5 out of 5
Via Andegari 9, Milan, MI
The price is £515 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Mandarin Oriental, Milan
Park Hyatt Milano
Park Hyatt Milano
5 out of 5
Via Tommaso Grossi 1, Milan, MI
Park Hyatt Milano
Bulgari Hotel Milan
Bulgari Hotel Milan
5 out of 5
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b, Milan, MI
The price is £693 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Bulgari Hotel Milan
Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione
Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
P.za Fontana 3, Milan, MI
The price is £128 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.