Teatro alla Scala
Milan’s society year begins on 7 December, the first day of the season at La Scala, opening with Madame Butterfly by Puccini. In 1904, when the opera received its debut performance at La Scala, the audience didn’t like it, but Puccini made a few changes and from then on it has enchanted opera houses both in Milan and internationally. Why is La Scala the world’s temple of opera? Meticulous attention to quality, and spectators expert in opera who have no qualms about showing their displeasure with unsatisfactory performances or avant-garde excess.
La macchina del tempo/Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
All Alfa Romeo cars have the symbols of Milan on its badge, and even though the company is now part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group, it is traditionally linked to the city. The museum, in Arese, 20 km north-west of Milan, has a selection of 69 historical vehicles, and some interactive displays such as a 4D cinema experience. Open 10am-6pm every day except Tuesdays, open until 10pm on Thursdays.
1955 Giulietta Spider at Alfa Romeo Museum
Related: Brera, Milan: An Artistic Guide
San Siro stadium is Milan’s second cathedral, with an 85,000 capacity and an atmosphere that makes any match an exciting experience. If you’re going to see a game, remember to take the same ID that you used when buying the ticket, otherwise they won’t let you in. There is a Museum in the stadium (accessible from Entrance 8) but there’s nothing better than being there on the night.
San Siro Stadium by Fabio Formaggio