Giacomo Puccini and his Land
This itinerary takes us to the places where the famous opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born and lived. These highly suggestive places were a source of inspiration for many of his celebrated compositions.
Meet the guide and visit:
- Lucca with the many landmarks dear to the composer: the home where he was born, today the Puccini Museum (entrance fee), the Church of San Paolino, where Puccini had his musical “baptism”, the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini, where Giacomo studied music.
- Torre del Lago, with the villa where Puccini composed some of his most famous operas (entrance fee).
- Viareggio, with its beautiful seafront that features some of the most striking buildings in Art Nouveau style, among which is Café Margherita, a favorite haunt of Puccini and his friends.
An alternative itinerary to Viareggio is a visit to the house-museum in Celle dei Puccini (entrance fee), the native village of Puccini’s ancestors (it can only be reached by mini bus).
In October/November, it is possible to visit the Istituto Musicale Boccherini where Puccini studied. Throughout the year, it is possible to attend short concerts.