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Seating Plan & Practical Advice when attending the Puccini Festival

The Puccini Festival in Lucca takes place every July and August for select dates only. The setting is the beautiful open-air arena overlooking Torre del Lago, the lake. The schedule is usually released around August time; however, this can vary depending on the Puccini Torre del Lago.

There are six seating levels, which include the best seats in the Gold Section (red on the below schematic) and then the First Tier (light blue), Second Tier (orange), Third Tier (green), Fourth Tier (yellow) and finally the Fifth Tier (dark blue). All seating comes without any restrictions; however, the Gold seating is recognised as the very best seats, being near the front and in the centre, which affords a perfect view of the stage. The other levels are raised, but still on plastic seating and only a few steps up from the ground.

With many dates offering two nights of different operas at the Puccini Festival, you have the option of being able to have two nights of stunning performances, rather than having to choose your favourite!

The performances all begin at 9.15 pm and you are expected to be in your seats at least 30 minutes prior to the performance. Parking near to the arena is minimal, which is why we include private opera return transfers. Photography and recording of the performance is not permitted.

The Gold Seats are in the best position being on the ground for those with any reduced mobility.

Please note the performance of Manon Lescaut is not a full opera, but rather highlights of some of the songs and with limited staging.

We guarantee that all of your travel companions will be seated together.

We provide you with the e-vouchers in your travel pack, which you must take to the Box Office on the night, to be exchanged for the tickets.

The dress code for the Lucca Puccini Festival is smart/casual and denim is prohibited. Please note even late in the evening the temperatures can be in the 20c so for this reason we do not recommend suits and ties. We also recommend packing a summer coat with a hood.

Whilst the weather is likely to be hot (around 27-30c on average during the day), being an outdoor venue, the Lucca Summer Festival does always mean the potential risk of bad weather. To date we have only had one performance which has been affected.

The Puccini Festival organisers will never cancel a performance prior to the start time; however, they do reserve the right to delay the start of the performance by a maximum of 90 minutes. At that point they reach a decision on whether the performance can go ahead. If they cannot go ahead then a full refund of the tickets is available from the ticket office from the day after the performance and up to 5 days after.

If however, the performance has started but is unable to finish due to the weather, then there is no refund due from the arena, however, we will refund you the full price of the tickets, so if the worst happens and the opera gets rained off, you will not be out of pocket.

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