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The Puccini Opera Festival

Lucca 5 nights Price from £2,648 per person
Departs: 09 Aug 2023, 23 Aug 2023
Departs: 09 Aug 2023

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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
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

Itinerary

  • 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 - 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. This afternoon we visit the villa at Torre del Lago where Puccini lived and worked before staying on for dinner and the opera.
  • Day 3 - Tuscan Gardens

    Today we visit two great Tuscan gardens – the Villa Reale at Marlia and the Villa Garzoni with its dazzling water cascades.
  • Day 4 - Lucca

    The morning is spent visiting the Romanesque church of San Frediano and the Villa Guinigi which houses an important collection of local and regional art works. Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca in 1858 and later today we’ll visit his birthplace, now a museum dedicated to the composer’s life and music. 
  • 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, 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 caffè macchiato. Returning back to Lucca we will visit the smallest public theatre in the world – the Teatro Vetriano, located just outside the city in the Lucchese Hills. Built in 1890 and donated to the community by an enlightened farmer, the theatre was saved from ruin by FAI – the Italian equivalent of our own National Trust.
  • Day 6 - Departure Day

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

Flight Details

Flights with Easyjet:

Depart Gatwick at 12.25 arrive Pisa at 15.40
Depart Pisa at 16.15 arrive Gatwick at 17.30

Departure Dates and Prices

09 Aug 2023

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Price from£2648

Single Supp.£397

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23 Aug 2023

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Price from£2648

Single Supp.£397

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Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade

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Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Tour Leader

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Music Programme

The tour includes three operas at Torre del Lago as described.


10/08/2023 LA BOHEME
11/08/2023 TURANDOT
12/08/2023 IL TABARRO – IL CASTELLO DI BARBABLU’


24/08/2023 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
25/08/2023 LA BOHEME
26/08/2023 IL TABARRO – IL CASTELLO DI BARBABLU’

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