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Things to do when in Lucca

Why the Puccini Festival?

Every summer some of Puccini’s best loved operas are showcased on the Torre del Lago, just outside of Lucca in Italy. The Puccini Festival runs on select dates from July to August, usually performing around five operas, which can include Tosca, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.

This is the perfect outdoor arena venue overlooking the scenic lake. Enjoying the opera as the lights go down in the humid Mediterranean, is something rather unique for celebrating that special occasion. The Puccini Festival in Lucca is the ideal second city to combine with the Arena di Verona.

Puccini Museum at Lucca

What to do on your Lucca Puccini Festival Break

Whilst Torre del Lago is a short drive from the nearest main town of Lucca, there is still plenty to keep you busy. Lucca has many main sites including the Torre Guinigi which is the most important remaining tower. There is the matter of 230 stairs to climb, but then you have a view over the three city walls, the Roman remains of the town and the few still standing towers.

Enjoy the Botanical Gardens with around two hundred species of plants and is now a public garden.

Another absolute must is a visit to Puccini’s house where he spent most of his childhood. Preserved are some of the original furniture, awards and an extensive collection of letters written by Puccini to his wife Elvira, his son Antonio and his publisher Giulio Ricordi.

As well as all of this, are the museums, the art gallery and the usual accoutrement of churches will populate this enchanting city. All Lucca Puccini Festival trips that come with two full days in the city provide amble time to explore all of the above.

Our Top Tip?

We have a few top tips!

Why not extend your stay an additional night and take in two nights at the Puccini Festival? It’s hard to choose between Puccini’s classics and this way you don’t have to. Whilst at Torre del Lago, we can book a table reservation at Chalet del Lago Restaurant which is right on the lake and the ideal way to start your special evening.

As well as attending a second opera on Torre de Lago, this gives you a day free to explore outside of the city. We recommend booking a place on the Tuscany tour where you get to enjoy the main cities that make up this Chianti region.

Why we love Palazzo Alexander and Palazzo Busdraghi

Lucca is only a small town so having the advantage of two stunning palazzos is quite something! Both are located in the centre, with Palazzo Busdraghi having its own courtyard. Once your private driver has transferred you from the airport to your palazzo, you are free to wander out and explore at your own pace.

Both palazzos have the same authentic feel and style but on select two opera date nights; we do have Palazzo Alexander on allocation.


The temperature in Lucca in both July and August time ranges from around 26c to above 30c, but in a small town the humidity will make this feel hotter.

Packing List

On your Puccini Festival in Lucca break, we recommend packing summer wear, but if you are attending any religious buildings, then please note your knees and upper arms must be covered or you may be refused admittance.

For your night at the Puccini Festival, you must take smart/casual attire. Please note even late into the evening, the temperature can still be in the late 20c, so for this reason we recommend leaving the suit and tie at home.

Why Us?

As well as getting hold of tickets for the Lucca Summer Festival, we provide a first class service throughout, which begins when you arrive in the Arrivals Hall and your private driver is waiting to transfer you the short distance to your Lucca city centre hotel. For the night of the opera, we have also included return transfers, so you can arrive in style without the hassle of parking.

The website provides an idea of what we can do, but we can tailor-make your Puccini Festival trip to include additional days and opera, tours or even a second city. If another open-air opera festival of interest, then we recommend the Arena di Verona opera, or perhaps the Siena Palio race (dates permitting) or just some time exploring nearby Florence. All are possible and our speciality. Sometimes the little touches make a world of difference!

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