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  • Music holidays in Italy: Puccini Festival

    Puccini Festival

    The grand open-air summer Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Tuscany is an opera festival celebrating the life and works of the great Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini. Enjoy a luxury and tailor-made opera holiday at the Puccini Festival this summer and see world-famous performance of Puccini’s spectacular operas, Tosca and Turandot. Puccini was born in nearby Lucca in 1858 but from about 1891 and covering his most productive years, he spent most of his time at Torre del Lago, a small community about fifteen miles from Lucca. By 1900 he had acquired land and built a villa on the lake, now known as the 'Villa Museo Puccini'. He lived there until 1921 when pollution produced by peat works on the lake forced him to move to Viareggio, a few kilometres north. After his death, a mausoleum was created in the Villa Puccini and the composer is buried there in the chapel, along with his wife and son who died later. The 'Villa Museo Puccini' is presently owned by his granddaughter, Simonetta Puccini, and is open to the public.
    2019 Programme
    La Fanciulla del West – Friday 12 July and Friday 26 July
    Turandot – Saturday 13 July Friday 19 July and Saturday 17 August
    La Boheme – Saturday 20 July, Saturday 3 August and Saturday 10 August
    Madama Butterfly – Saturday 27 July, Monday 12 August and Friday 23 August
    Aida (G. Verdi) – Friday 2 August
    Manon Lescaut (concert) – Sunday 4 August
    Tosca – Sunday 11 August, Sunday 18 August, Saturday 24 August
    Le Villi – Friday 16 August
    Ticket prices for the performances vary from about £40 per person for a 4th sector seat to about £170 per person for a Gold seat. Many opt for a 2nd sector seat at about £90 per person. Tickets are non-refundable once bought.
    Suggested holiday
    Stay at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa, an elegant hotel dating from the 18th Century in a large park, featuring its own spa and wellness centre for four nights during the opera festival and let us book you 2nd sector seats for one performance. The hotel is about 30 minutes away by car from Torre del Lago, and about 15 minutes’ drive from the historic town of Lucca. Flights with British Airways from Heathrow or Gatwick to Pisa, Euro Traveller, are included and use of a Group B hire-car during your stay. Bed and breakfast included at the hotel. Half-board can be booked on request.
    Prices from about £1,320 per person
    Click here to download a pdf with details of our Italian music & opera festival holidays.

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