Puccini Opera Festival and Wine
Lucca is a city ringed by Renaissance walls, their stones warmed by centuries of Tuscan sun. Its streets are studded with medieval churches and buildings, all seeming to swell to the strains of Puccini's operas.
For, as well as being the beating heart of wine country, this is also the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer extraordinaire. The alchemy of opera and wine is a heady concoction that can leave your senses reeling. On this tour we cater for people with very discerning taste, transporting them from theatres, to operas and grape vines, and back again.
Top Tuscan wines have been produced for centuries at the vineyards of Lucca. It will be our privilege to taste some ‘Super Tuscan’ wines at the estates of Tenuta Lenzini and Montechiari (the name means ‘clear mountains’). Just a few of their wines which bear the prestigious Toscana indicazione geografica tipica (IGT) classification include Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet.
- Cultural Excursion
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
We fly into Pisa and make a short transfer to our beautiful Tuscan base in Lucca, one of Puccini’s favourite towns.
This afternoon we enjoy some free time to soak up this delightful Renaissance setting before meeting for dinner in the city.
After a delicious breakfast, our day begins with a visit to Tenuta Lenzini, a stunning biodynamic estate in the foothills of the region, where grapes have been transformed into wonderful wine for many centuries. Following a private tour of the vineyard, we pause for an indulgent lunch, accompanied by some of the estate’s best vintages, including its expressive Toscana Syrah.
We continue on to the Puccini House Museum, the recently-renovated birthplace of the great maestro. Inside we find Puccini’s former home lovingly restored to include much of the family’s original furniture, as well as engaging exhibits of letters, scores and sketches.
Following this we receive an escorted private tour of the renowned Giglio Theatre, a remarkable institution with roots stretching back over 300 years, formerly frequented by Puccini himself. Tonight we are guests at the opera, on the shores of Torre del Lago. A wonderful way to round off our first full day.
This morning we rise for a trip to the coastal town of Torre del Lago, where we discover Puccini’s beloved summer villa. Opened as a museum by his son in 1924, this magnificently-preserved attraction offers an intimate look at the composer’s private life, displaying original paintings, manuscripts and his very own Fōrster piano. Within the museum’s peaceful chapel we find the maestro’s remains, along with those of his family.
Next we head for Lake Massaciuccoli, where we enjoy a tranquil boat trip on the scenic waters that once so enchanted Puccini and his loved ones.
We travel back to our hotel this afternoon, before setting off for our second open-air opera at Torre del Lago.
Our sensory tour continues this morning with a visit to the Montechiari Estate, on the gentle slopes east of Lucca. This award-winning vineyard specialises in the production of five types of wine, including a voluptuous Merlot and Pinot Noir. We break here for a lunch and tasting before returning to Lucca.
Our afternoon is free to take in yet more of the city’s sights – perhaps stopping at some of the ornate churches best associated with our composer.
Later we come together for our evening meal, and a last night of opera at Torre del Lago.
For our final morning we stay in Lucca, enjoying its piazzas and palaces at our own relaxing pace.
From here we transfer to Pisa airport, and make our way back home.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
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