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Teatro Franco Parenti

Having made a name for itself with a program boasting some of the finest names in Italian cinema and theatre, Franco Parenti cemented its role as a community hub with the opening of I Bagni Misteriosi. Aside from...

Opera in Duomo & San Babila

Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala

One of the most famous opera stages in the world, La Scala's season runs from early December to July. You can also see theatre, ballet and classical-music concerts here year-round (except August). Buy tickets...

Theatre in Duomo & San Babila

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

This risk-taking little repertory theatre was opened in 1947 by Paolo Grassi and theatre director Giorgio Strehler, who then embarked on a nationwide movement of avant-garde productions and Commedia dell’Arte...

Theatre in Brera & Parco Sempione

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

This trailblazing theatre with seating for 960 people was designed by Marco Zanuso in 1998 to address the size constraints of the original Piccolo Teatro. It has since gone on to become one of Milan's cultural...

Classical Music in Navigli & Zona Tortona

Auditorium di Milano

Auditorium di Milano

Abandoned after WWII, the Cinema Massimo was transformed in 1999 into the state-of-the-art home of Milan's legendary Giuseppe Verde Symphonic Orchestra and Milan Chorus, as well as a venue for visiting...

Theatre in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

Teatro Litta

Teatro Litta

This enormous baroque theatre is one of the oldest in Milan, although it hosts the avant-garde theatre company, Manifatture Teatrali Milanesi. They put on a packed season of shows, many of them staged with...

Cinema in Brera & Parco Sempione

Anteo Palazzo del Cinema

Anteo Palazzo del Cinema

This refurbished 'palace' cinema complex has an impressive technical spec with 2K and 4K projectors and an Atmos sound system throughout. In addition to screens sporting two-person love seats, you'll find gourmet...

Theatre in Duomo & San Babila

Teatro Gerolamo

Teatro Gerolamo

Built in 1868, this miniature theatre modelled on La Scala was built for the purpose of staging puppet shows in Milanese dialect. In danger of dereliction, it was closed in 1957. Renovations have restored its...

Classical Music in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi

Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi

Housed in a former Lateran convent, Milan’s most prestigious musical conservatory and high school has nurtured some of the country’s best conductors and musicians. Although named after the great composer Giuseppe...

Live Music in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

Santeria Social Club

Multifunctional spaces are all the rage in Milan, and Santeria encapsulates the mood perfectly. By day this ex-Volvo dealership acts as a co-working space, classroom (with courses in music communications,...

Live Music in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

La Salumeria della Musica

The 'delicatessen of music' is a firm favourite with Milan's alternative scene. Come here for new funk, rock and soul acts, literary salons, cabaret, cultural events and jazz. Shows start around 10.30pm, and if...

Theatre in Milan

Teatro Arcimboldi

Designed by Vittorio Gregotti to house the opera when La Scala was being renovated, the Arcimboldi’s fan-shaped auditorium is one of the best in the city. Since La Scala returned home in 2004, the theatre has...

Cinema in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

Il Cinemino

This ‘secret’ 75-seat cinema in a renovated showroom beneath a speakeasy bar is the brainchild of nine friends and a successful crowd-funding campaign. The program focuses on Italian and Milanese productions,...

Cinema in Milan

Cinema Beltrade

Completely eschewing the Italian tradition of dubbing films, the lovely 1930s Beltrade movie house screens indie films in their original language to an audience of young Milanese cinephiles and expats. As a...

Jazz in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Blue Note

Top-class acts from around the world perform here at the only European outpost for New York's historic Blue Note jazz club. Groove your way through jazz, soul, Brazilian or Latin music at the twice-nightly...

Live Music in Navigli & Zona Tortona

Nidaba Theatre

This tiny, unpretentious venue down the heavily graffitied Via Gola has an outsized reputation for hosting stellar live-music performances for serious blues, soul, folk and rock-and-roll bands. Even better,...

Cinema in Navigli & Zona Tortona

Cinema Mexico

Despite Milan's huge international community, it's often hard to find movies showing in their original version. Not so at Cinema Mexico, where Thursday is English-language movie night. Check the Sound &...

Stadium in Milan

Mediolanum Forum

Most big-name music artists that play Milan do so at major venues outside the city centre. Mediolanum Forum is one of the largest venues and has hosted the likes of Rihanna and U2, along with festivals and minor...

Football in Milan

San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium wasn't designed to hold the entire population of Milan, but on a Sunday afternoon amid 80,000 football-mad citizens it can certainly feel like it. The city's two clubs, AC Milan and FC...

Live Music in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

Magazzini Generali

When this former warehouse is full of a thousand people working up a sweat to an international indie or electronic act, there's no better place to be in Milan. Most gigs are under €20, there's a mix of music, and...