Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, undisputed genius in the field of music, was initiated into music by his father Leopold, violinist and an excellent musician, who soon imposed a severe musical education on his son and proposed him, travelling all over Europe, as a child prodigy.
Thanks to these travels Mozart lived in Milan for various periods between 1769 and 1773: in three years Mozart spent almost 360 days here.
Those were the years when in Milan Verri, Beccaria and Parini were protagonists. Here Mozart wrote his first opera,
Mitridate, king of Pontus, composed the Ascanio in Alba with libretto by Giuseppe Parini and Lucio Silla.
These are the steps to get to know the story of the great genius in the city.
BASILICA DI SAN MARCO
Piazza San Marco, 2
Mozart was housed in the Canonica during his first stay in Milan, just fourteen years old. He played the organ of the church that dates back to 1506 and is the largest in Lombardy (now under restoration until 2019).
Opening hours to the public: 7:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 19:00
Via Clerici, 5
One of the noblest palaces most frequented by Mozart, where he played in particular at the opening of the music hall.
Free entry with guided visits, reservations required: +39.02.863313271
Corso Venezia, 16
Mozart often frequented the drawing room of the first Palazzo Serbelloni in Largo corsia dei Servi, prior to today's Corso Venezia palace and now no longer existing.
From the palazzo of corso Venezia it is possible to visit the fabulous Napoleonic plan by appointment. The openings are scheduled with guided tours of the Palace.
Free entry with mandatory reservation: +39.02.76001246
CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL CARMINE
Piazza del Carmine, 2
Mozart performed several of his works and directed a Mass, receiving great praise.
Opening hours to the public: 10:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 19:15
CHIESA SAN FEDELE
Piazza San Fedele
Another of the churches frequented by Mozart, where he seems to have performed sacred music: it’s believed that he performed here the Cantata della Passione.
Opening hours to the public: 7:30 - 18:00; Monday and Tuesday: 7:30 - 16:30
Museum: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14:00 - 18:00; Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
CHIESA DI SANT’ANTONIO ABATE
Via Sant'Antonio, 5
One of Mozart's favorite places, where he often played. Exsultate jubilate was played here for the first time. The organ he played is still intact, restored and can be seen inside the church.
Opening hours with guided tours by Touring Club volunteers: Monday-Friday: 10:00 - 18:00; Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00
Piazza del Duomo, 12
The Ducal Theater of Milan existed next to the palace, where Mozart presented for the first time in 1770, at the inauguration of the musical season, the opera Mitridate, king of Pontus. It was a huge success.
The Palace can be visited, outside the circuit of exhibitions set up here, by appointment with the possibility of guided tours.
Opening hours to the public: 9:30 - 19:30; lunedì 14:30 - 19:30
CASTELLO SFORZESCO - MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Inside the Museum of Musical Instruments, there is a spinet that is supposed to have been played by Mozart in one of the Milanese salons he frequented.
Opening hours to the public: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 - 17:30