Category Archives: Lucca

Lucca and the Puccini Festival

The Amphitheatre in Lucca

The Amphitheatre in Lucca

Curtain call after Turandot, Torre del Lago

Curtain call after Turandot, Torre del Lago

Having been to an opera in the Verona Arena the previous year, I was keen to go this year to the Puccini Festival, which takes place every year in Torre del Lago, where the composer lived for much of his life. I based myself in Lucca, where Puccini was born. There are many Puccini related sights in Lucca, including his birthplace, and an exhibition of costumes from his operas at the Giglio Theatre. The town also has several impressive churches including the cathedral, San Frediano and the St Michael church, with its beautiful façade. Continue reading

A few Lucca and Torre del Lago practicalities.

Torre del Lago in the evening

Torre del Lago in the evening

Lucca street

Lucca street

Lucca accommodation

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Puccini Festival tickets

These can be booked online via www.puccinifestival.it . You don’t get an e ticket- you must print the payment receipt and exchange it for a ticket in Torre del Lago.

Transport to and from the opera

I looked into several possibilities for where to base myself to get to the opera and back afterwards. Continue reading