Why: Teatro alla Scala
Often described as the most famous opera house in the world, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) was founded by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in 1778. Its crimson and gilt auditorium is best known for its close association with Giuseppe Verdi. Box subscriptions for the 2017-18 opera season start at €5,122.50.
This 270 sq metre penthouse, built in 1970 and recently renovated, offers access to a 170 sq metre open terrace on the top floor, a dining room separate from the main living area, and four bedrooms, as well as a cellar, locker room and parking space.
It is a 30-minute walk from La Scala.
Available through Christie’s International Real Estate for €1.8m.
Piazza Santo Stefano
This recently renovated, fully furnished studio overlooking the Piazza Santo Stefano is a short walk from La Scala. It comprises 60 sq metres of living space, including a bathroom with shower, a living room, a kitchenette, a shoe cabinet and a laundry room.
The property also has a cellar and an automated parking space.
Available through Italy Sotheby's International Realty for €570,000.
Photographs: Italy Sotheby's International Realty
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