Puccini Opera Festival

Statue of Giacomo Puccini
Statue of Giacomo Puccini
Amphitheatre Square, Lucca
Amphitheatre Square, Lucca
Aerial view of Lucca
Aerial view of Lucca
Torre Del Lago Lake
Torre Del Lago Lake

Lucca is a city ringed by Renaissance walls, their weathered stones warmed by centuries of Tuscan sun. Its charming streets are studded with Medieval churches and buildings, all seeming to swell to the strains of Puccini’s beloved operas. As well as being the beating heart of wine country, this wonderful area also happens to be the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer extraordinaire.

Visit Torre del Lago, a small lakeside town that was home to Puccini’s beloved summer villa, which we are privileged to visit. This town also plays host to the Festival Puccini, which is well-attended and held in its atmospheric open-air theatre. Opened as a museum by his son back in 1924, it is now a magnificent museum that tells the vibrant story of the composer’s life. Take a private tour of the renowned Giglio Theatre and step inside of Puccini’s home on this glorious cultural tour that will both inspire and delight any lover of opera.

  • Take a boat trip on Lake Massacciuccoli, which also includes dinner on the water
  • Pay a private visit to the village of Celle, Puccini’s ancestral home just north of Lucca
  • Enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Giglio Theatre in Lucca
  • Included in this tour are tickets for two operas at the Torre Del Lago open-air festival, namely La Fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly

Themes

  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly to Pisa from London and upon arrival, we transfer to Lucca, a charming Tuscan town with cobbled streets and lovely piazzas. This evening we accept an invitation to a reception with a member of the Puccini Foundation. Dinner is at a local restaurant and then we return to our hotel for the rest of the night.

Hotel: San Luca Palace, Lucca
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

A visit to Puccini’s birthplace and museum awaits. Located at Corte San Lorenzo, Number 9, his life and legacy are both displayed and celebrated here. After, we enjoy a private tour of the Teatro del Giglio, a remarkable institution with roots stretching back over 300 years, formerly frequented by Puccini himself. We stop for lunch and then we drive to Torre del Lago, where we visit the museum and Puccini’s adored summer villa. Later, we have a special boat trip on the lake that includes dinner. Once back on dry land, we sit down to a rousing performance of La Fanciulla del West.

Performance: La Fanciulla del West
Hotel: San Luca Palace, Lucca
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today we visit the Celle dei Puccini and its museum. Then, we have lunch at the great Puccini restaurant, where regional fare is served. From here, we return to Lucca for an afternoon of leisure time. Later in the evening, we have dinner together and then we are treated to our second opera of this whirlwind Italian escape - Madama Butterfly.

Performance: Madam Butterfly
Hotel: San Luca Palace, Lucca
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We head to Viareggio for a rare viewing of one of Puccini’s villas before making our way to Pisa, where the tour ends. We fly to London from here.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

Travel Information

The Puccini Festival takes place in an open air theatre built on the shores of the Lake Massaciuccoli. Performances start at 21:15 and finish around midnight. We will be getting back to our hotel at around 1 am. Smart/casual wear is advised. Although temperatures in mid July are likely to be very warm during the day, the evenings may be cooler so you may wish to take something suitable for that.

Lucca is a small medieval city contained within city walls, the only ones in Italy which are intact. It is possible to walk along the top of the wall. There are no steep slopes as the city is built on flat ground.Shops, monuments and museums are all within walking distance of the hotel. We will, however, be transferring to Torre del Lago for performances which is about 30 mins drive away. On day 2 there will be a boat trip on the Lake Massaciuccoli and dinner will be on the boat itself.

Temperatures in July can sometimes reach well over 30 degrees. There is always a possibility of annoying mosquitoes so you may wish to take some repellent with you.

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2019 Tour Details

Thu 25th July - Sun 28th July

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£1,895

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sgl supp: £215

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Led By: Amanda Holden

Guide Lecturer

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