A visit to Lucca will see you reminded of Puccini on every corner, but none more so than an evening at nearby Torre del Lago; the venue for the summer Puccini Festival. Outdoor opera overlooking the lake in stunning surroundings, in your top seats is something everyone must experience at least once in their lives!
If you can’t choose between the operas on offer, why not opt for 2 nights extravaganza. This works for:
Lucca is a lovely little town just outside of Pisa and is a great place to wander and explore. As well as accommodation in the centre of Lucca, we also provide private transfers both ways to the opera, so you can arrive in style.
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Many thanks for arranging our wonderful weekend. The holiday was a surprise for my wife on her 50th birthday and she was thrilled. The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly our trip to the opera to see Madame Butterfly. The rain stayed away and the evening was unforgettable. Our seats were comfortable and in a great position. Many thanks for a great and memorable holiday.
All I can say is: Wow. The opera was superb, and the whole break exceeded both our expectations. Our thanks also for the lovely bottle of bubbly - a truly special surprise. Without any doubt, the break and your service deserve a 10 rating. Fantastic.
Lucca Puccini Festival
Whilst the Puccini Festival is often called the Lucca Opera Festival it actually takes place at Torre del Lago Puccini which is a small town of 11,000 inhabitants half an hours drive from Lucca. Over the period of the Puccini Opera Festival 40,000 people will pass through to experience the magical experience of the Puccini Festival. This is the only festival in the world to be fully dedicated to the composer Puccini.
It was here at Torre del Lag0 (renamed Torre del Lago Puccini after his death), that Puccini composed his main operas such as Tosca (1900), Madame Butterfly (1904), La Fanciulla del West (1910), La Rondine (1917) and It Trittico (1918)
Every summer the open-air arena at Torre del Lago Puccini, performs some of Puccini’s best loved operas. This Puccini Festival takes place in July and August and usually includes favourites like Tosca, Madame Butterfly and La Boheme, amongst many others. Situated overlooking the beautiful lake, this arena creates the perfect backdrop to showcase such well cherished operas. The schedule tends to be focused on about 5 operas a year, with one production of the ballet normally offered as well.
Whilst there are several different categories of tickets for the opera, we always opt for the Gold tickets which are near the front and central. These provide a fantastic view of the stage and stunning sets and without any restrictions. With your Gold tickets you are also entitled to a free drink at Café Momus just inside the foyer – the best way to get you in the opera mood! Unlike the other open-air operas that we offer in Italy the Lucca Opera Festival is set in a modern arena, purpose built in 1990 with perfect acoustics.
Parking can be quite limited around the arena, so all of our Lucca opera packages include private transfers that take you door to door, so you can arrive for your night at the opera in style, whilst also being able to depart quickly with your driver after the curtain goes down at the end of the performance.
Your hotel during your Lucca Opera Trip will be in central Lucca which is often described as the typical Tuscan town of small streets, family run restaurants, and quirky small local shops. The town of Lucca is located not far from the lake, and is a great place for visiting for several days. Along with the usual blend of quintessential Italian churches, you also have time to explore the Puccini Museum and house as well as sample some of the fantastic Tuscan cuisine in the local restaurants.
The Casa di Puccini is the 15th Century house where Puccini was born and where he spent his childhood. Here you can see the piano on which he composes Turandot, letters, family photos and drafts of some of his Operas, and is a popular stop for our clients on a Puccini Festival break.
Another recommendation would be the old 16th Century walls of Lucca which were maintained despite the city growing beyond them. The ramparts are walkways where people now stroll and relax with benches and trees providing shade and creating a peaceful “time out” place during the day and before you head out for the Lucca Opera festival.
We would also recommend the view of the old town and it’s red roofs from the top of the Guinigi Tower at the top of which you will also find a roof garden with Oak Trees, but it does take 232 steps to get there so it is not for the feint hearted!
If you are looking for some great ideas for a restaurant right on Torre del Lago and only a stone’s throw from the Puccini arena, then we have the perfect suggestion for getting your Puccini festival evening started in style. Chalet del Lago restaurant is on the lake and affords stunning views as well as superb cuisine, and is a popular meeting point for musicians and artists.
A trip to the Lucca Opera Festival is the perfect option for those who have already experienced the Verona Opera Festival and want to return for a new outdoor arena experience.
However we also have clients that like to combine a Verona Opera trip with the Lucca Puccini Festival at the same time and some of the July and August dates can be combined to make a two centre break which would include half your time in Verona and the rest in Lucca. With Lake Garda very near to Verona, you could even make this a three centre break so as to have some relaxation time on the banks of a beautiful lake.
For those looking to see some of the spectacular museums and art galleries of Italy then a trip to the Lucca Opera can easily be combined with some time in Florence, so you can explore some of the many beautiful sights and museums of Florence. You are certainly spoilt for choice there!
Schedule permitting another option is to extend to see the bareback Palio horse race in Siena with a private transfer between. If you have been to the Puccini Festival in Lucca and then extended to see the Palio di Siena you can truly say you have experienced some of the cultural highlights of an Italian summer. Both are outdoor Italian events in stunning settlings. The Siena Palio Horse Race is inside the medieval campo and the Puccini Festival is in a modern arena set overlooking the beautiful lake Massaciuccoli which Puccini loved so much.
Assuming you have a late afternoon flight, you could also include a few hours exploring The Leaning Tower of Pisa with its 4 degrees lean before continuing onto the airport, so even your last day of your Puccini Festival break can be packed with great new experiences.