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The Puccini Opera Festival

Lucca 5 nights Prices on request

Giacomo Puccini was born into a musical family in Lucca on 22 December 1858. As a boy Puccini sang in the choir of the Cathedral of San Martino and later received his musical education at the conservatory in Milan. His first opera, Le Villi, was performed in 1884. For the next forty years, until his death in 1924, Puccini composed operas which today are still the most performed works on the stages of the world’s opera houses. From mid-July to mid-August each year the Puccini Festival is held in Torre del Lago near Lucca on the peaceful shores of Lake Massaciuccoli.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners
  • First category tickets for two performances as described
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • Day 1 - Albergo Celide

    We fly to Pisa airport and transfer to Lucca where we stay for five nights at the 3* Albergo Celide, located just outside the city walls.
  • Day 2 - Viareggio

    We drive to the popular seaside resort of Viareggio, twenty miles from Lucca. Puccini came to live in Viareggio from 1919 when pollution drove him out of his beloved villa at Torre del Lago. He lived in a small villa facing the sea not far from the splendid Gran Caffe Margherita. There will time to explore Viareggio’s famous seaside promenade with its restaurants and shops before we leave for the village of Pescaglia in the Appenines. Here we find the Teatrino di Vetriano, the world’s smallest theatre. Seating just 80 people on two levels, it is a perfect example of a 19th-century Italian theatre. 
  • Day 3 - Walking tour of Lucca

    Today we begin with a walking tour of Lucca. Highlights include the Duomo where four generations of Puccini's forebears were organists, and the Church of San Michele in Foro where Puccini was a chorister, another fine example of Pisan Romanesque architecture. We also go to the Piazza Anfiteatro and the Basilica of San Frediano. This afternoon we make a special visit to the villa at Torre del Lago where Puccini lived and worked. Afterwards dinner is included before the opera.
  • Day 4 - Tuscan Gardens

    Today we visit two great Tuscan gardens – the Villa Reale at Marlia and the Villa Garzoni with its dazzling water cascades.
  • Day 5 - Pistoia

    This morning we drive to Pistoia, a lovely small town whose fortunes were eclipsed by its more powerful and wealthier neighbours, Lucca and Florence. We will explore the compact historic centre and visit the cathedral of San Zeno Duomo, the Baptistery with its typical Tuscan Gothic green and white striped marble. There will be time to enjoy a coffee in the historic Café Valiani – Puccini often stopped by for a macchiato.
  • Day 6 - Departure Day

    We are collected from the hotel and transferred to Pisa airport for our return flight.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart Heathrow at 08.35 arrive Pisa at 11.45
Depart Pisa at 12.40 arrive Heathrow at 14.00

Departure Dates and Prices

Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade

Tour Leader

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Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Tour Leader

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Music Programme

The tour includes two operas at Torre del Lago as described and a performance of Italian opera arias in the Church of San Giovanni in Lucca.

Turandot (5 August) An icy and imperious princess’s heart melts against her will when Calaf beats her at her own game and she discovers love and passion

Madama Butterfly (6 August) The tragic story of Cio-Cio-San whose life is ended by Pinkerton, a cynical American naval lieutenant who returns to Japan to take away their son.

Tosca (26 August) Jealousy, power, lust and murder – it’s all here in Puccini’s thrilling opera where all three protagonists, the opera singer Tosca, her revolutionary lover Cavaradoss and the evil Chief of Police in Rome, all end up dead. The power of Puccini’s opera still resonates to a 21st-century audience

La rondine (27 August) First performed at the Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo on 27 March 1917 in response to a request from the composer for Puccini to move away from full scale operas and catch the fashion of operetta, what starts off as a tribute to the French musical style ends in full throttled Puccini as the story of Magda and her love for Ruggero, a much younger man, unfolds. Meeting and falling in love in Paris, they run away south, just like the swallows of the title, to a sinful life on the Cote d'Azur. Dwelling on her age, Magda comes to her senses and realises the error of her ways and the futility of their relationship and returns to her old life in Paris, abandoning her distraught and heartbroken lover - forever.

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