Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, undisputed genius of music, received his first musical education from his father Leopold, a violinist and excellent musician, who soon imposed a strict discipline on his son and presented him as a child prodigy during his travels all over Europe.

Thanks to these travels Mozart had the chance to sojourn in Milano several times between 1769 and 1773: within three years Mozart spent almost 360 days here.

This was the Milano of Verri, Beccaria and Parini. Here Mozart wrote his first opera, Mitridate, Re del Ponto (Mitridate, king of Pontus), composed the Ascanio in Alba with libretto by Giuseppe Parini and Lucio Silla.

 

Here are a few suggestions to learn more about the story of the great genius in our city.

Basilica di San Marco

Piazza San Marco, 2

 

Mozart was housed in the rectory during his first stay in Milano, when he was just fourteen. He played the organ of the church that dates back to 1506 and is the largest in Lombardy (now under restoration).

 

Opening hours to the public: 7:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 19:00

Info: +390229002598

Palazzo Clerici

Via Clerici, 5

 

The residence of one of the noblest families in the city, where Mozart was frequently a guest. He performed there especially when the music hall was inaugurated.

 

It is possible to visit the Palace at certain times and with a guided tour, in particular the Galleria frescoed in 1741 by Giambattista Tiepolo.

Mandatory reservation: e-mail ispi.eventi@ispionline.it tel +3902863313271. Free admission.

Palazzo Serbelloni

Corso Venezia, 16

 

Mozart often frequented the drawing-room of the original Palazzo Serbelloni in Largo Corsia dei Servi, prior to the current building located in Corso Venezia and now no longer existing.

Of the palace in Corso Venezia it is now possible to visit the fabulous Napoleonic floor by appointment. The openings are scheduled with guided tours of the Palace.

 

Free admission with mandatory reservation: +390276001246

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine

Piazza del Carmine, 2

 

Here Mozart performed several of his works and conducted a Mass, with great success.

 

Opening hours to the public: 10:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 19:15

Info: +390286463365

Chiesa di San Fedele

Piazza San Fedele

 

Another one of the churches frequented by Mozart. Apparently, he performed sacred music there, such as probably his Cantata della Passione.

 

Opening hours to the public: Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:30; Saturday 10:00 - 19:30; Sunday 10:00 - 20:00 

Museum: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 14:00 - 18:00; Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Info: +3902863521

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Via Sant'Antonio, 5

 

One of Mozart's favourite places, where he often performed. Exsultate jubilate was performed here for the first time. The organ he played has been restored and it is still visible inside the church.

 

Opening hours with guided tours by Touring Club volunteers: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00; Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Info: +390258391309

Palazzo Reale

Piazza del Duomo, 12

 

The Teatro Ducale of Milano was located next to the Palace. Here Mozart premiered his opera Mitridate Re del Ponto in 1770 at the inauguration of the musical season.

Castello Sforzesco - Museum of Musical Instruments

Piazza Castello

 

Inside the Museum of Musical Instruments there is a spinette that Mozart is supposed to have played in one of the Milanese households he frequented. 

 

Info: +390288463703