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Puccini Opera Festival Escape

Break Available: 23 July - 21 Aug 2021
4 days

Price Per Person: From £995

A break that has something for everyone. Experience the Puccini Opera Festival in Gold Seating (top level) in scenic surroundings, overlooking the lake. This open-air arena is in a perfect location for appreciating the opera as the sun goes down. Enjoy some time taking in the culture in Lucca. A visit to Puccini’s House along with the Basilica and the churches, is a good way to discover this beautiful city.

This year the operas include Turandot, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Tosca. There is also a concert performance of Manon Lescaut and a ballet.

Puccini Opera Schedule

Our recommendation? Why not opt for a 2 opera break. This works on 22-25  July, 5-8 Aug 12-15 Aug, 29 July – 1 Aug, 19-22 Aug.

Italian Short Breaks are a legally authorised trading body who are officially permitted to sell tickets for the Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago in Italy. Many ticket only web sites are not legally authorised to do so. We will always guarantee your seats and ticket level at booking stage.

Highlights

  • Enjoy Gold Seats (best seats) at the Puccini Torre del Lago Opera Festival with private transfers
  • 3 nights hotel within minutes of the main sights in Lucca
  • Fantastic Optional Extras to choose from on your free day
  • Private airport transfers
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to your hotel

DAY 1
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to your hotel

Fly into Pisa airport from most UK regional airports. Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel (around 30mins drive).

Palazzo Alexander Hotel is a 4 star hotel located in the centre of Lucca. This hotel is a perfect base while you spend time exploring Puccini’s home town.

Evening at leisure.

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DAY 2
Day at Leisure and Attend the Puccini Torre del Lago Festival

DAY 2
Day at Leisure and Attend the Puccini Torre del Lago Festival

Day at leisure to enjoy Lucca visiting the local churches, palaces and museums.

Lucca is famous for being the birth place of Giacomo Puccini and a trip to the Puccini Museum and the composer’s house are recommended. But there are many other reasons to visit Lucca as well.

You can take in the Renaissance-era walls which are still mostly intact, visit the Ducal and Pfanner Palaces, Villa Garzoni known for its water gardens, the Torre delle Ore (The Clock Tower) and many wonderful churches.

If you want panoramic views of the town then head to Guinigi Tower, located in the middle of the town. The views are incredible and well worth the climb.

This evening your private driver will transfer you to Torre del Lago for the Puccini Opera Festival. On arrival as Gold ticket holders, you have a free drink at Cafe Momus (located within the arena foyer) waiting for you. Enjoy the performance from the open-air arena overlooking the lake, with your Gold (top level) seating. A beautiful setting to really transport you away! For more information on Seating Guide & Practical Advice.

The Puccini Opera Festival runs from the 23 July – 21 August 2021:

Tosca – 23 July, 06, 13 Aug

Turandot – 24, 30 July, 14, 20 Aug

La Boheme – 31 July, 07, 21 Aug

Gala Caruso Forever – 2 Aug

Symphonic Concert – 29 July

After the opera your private transfer will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel.

Header photo and photos 1-6 opposite copyrighted to Puccini Festival Foundation.

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DAY 3
Day at Leisure

DAY 3
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to enjoy Lucca or alternatively add in one of our Optional Extras. Please see below for more information.

Things to do in Lucca.

Evening at Leisure.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lucca - Tuscany Region Tour with typical lunch and Wine Tasting
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Lucca - Tuscany Region Tour with typical lunch and Wine Tasting

Enjoy a full day tour of Tuscany’s villages and wine regions. Travel into the heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Visit the town of San Gimignano, the wine territory of Chianti, the medieval town of Siena and the Monteriggioni fortress. These towns are all compelling stops for those who want to learn about the region’s history and traditions.

Stop by a typical Tuscan winery where you will visit the cellars and vineyards. Then enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by a delicious Tuscan lunch consisting of typical food such as pasta, cured meats, cheeses and local pastries.

In the afternoon the tour continues with sightseeing in Siena. You will have the chance to admire the magnificent Cathedral and the Town Hall in the Piazza del Campo, scenery of the world famous Palio horse race.

The tour will end with the visit to the marvellous Monteriggioni medieval fortress, before returning back to Lucca.

Price: From £150 per person includes travel by minivan, Expert multilingual tour leader, visit to a famous wine estate with lunch consisting of typical Tuscan dishes, tour of Siena, self-guided tours of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni Fortress.

 Maximum of 8-10 people.  You must be able to climb and descend steps.

Tour available on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.

Campo di Siena, Italy
Chianti Region, Tuscany
San Gimignano, Tuscany

DAY 4
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

DAY 4
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Lucca opera break.

Alternatively if you want to make the most of your last day, why not spend some time exploring The Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to the airport. Please see our Optional Extra below for more information.

If however, you wanted a second city to explore and perhaps another opera, why not convert your break into our Verona & Lucca La Dolce Diva trip where you get a second night in an open-air arena, just in Verona this is a Roman arena! Or maybe some more culture with a few days in Florence.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lucca - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer
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Lucca - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Palazzo Alexander Hotel - Lucca

Reception area at Hotel Palazzo Alexander, Lucca
Superior room at Hotel Palazzo Alexander, Lucca
Buffet breakfast at Hotel Palazzo Alexander, Lucca
Breakfast area at Hotel Palazzo Alexander, Lucca

Palazzo Alexander Hotel - Lucca

The palace dates back to the 12th century when it was first used as a girls boarding school in the 1400's. It has since been restored to its original artistic decor, which reflects the noble Lucchese style, which includes period features of antique wood floors and fine marble.

All the rooms include original period pieces.

Located in the centre of Lucca’s historic district, Palazzo Alexander Hotel is within a short walk of the main sights of the town.

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Hotel Ilaria, Lucca (4 Star)

Sun loungers at Hotel Ilaria, Lucca
Standard room at Hotel Ilaria, Lucca
Pool area at Hotel Ilaria, Lucca
Lounge at Hotel Ilaria, Lucca

Hotel Ilaria, Lucca (4 Star)

Hotel Ilaria is in the centre of Lucca, within the city walls and ideally placed for many of the local sites. These include Piazza Napoleone, Botanical Gardens, Roman Amphitheatre, Basilica di San Frediano and Puccini's House.

The hotel has a fantastic rooftop terrace complete with outdoor spa tub and sun beds, along with fine cuisine dining and a gift shop.

The bedrooms all have city views and expresso makers in the room along with air conditioning, complimentary toiletries and whirlpool tub.

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Palazzo Busdraghi - Lucca

palazzo busdraghi courtyard, Lucca
palazzo busdraghi superior room, Lucca
palazzo busdraghi outdoor, Lucca
palazzo busdraghi entrance, Lucca

Palazzo Busdraghi - Lucca

This small seven bed boutique hotel is right in the heart of Lucca. This hotel is the idea starting point for exploring the stunning Tuscan town. Just like the town that is home to it, Palazzo Busdraghi is a welcoming hotel that will captivate you with the friendliness of its staff and the attention to detail that you will notice in every nook and cranny of the building.

Being close to the city walls and the amphitheatre as well as the main churches, mean a very easy walk reveals the main sites in Lucca.

The superior rooms offer either a jacuzzi bath or jet shower water as well as the main services.

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Maison de Charme - Lucca

Outside Maison de Charme, Lucca
Double room at Maison de Charme, Lucca
Dining room at Maison de Charme, Lucca
En-suite room at Maison de Charme, Lucca

Maison de Charme - Lucca

One of the top hotels in Lucca. This warm and friendly hotel is within the ancient walls of Lucca and a 10-minute walk from the cathedral.

All the rooms are individually designed and have a beautiful view across the historic centre. They feature frescoes on the walls and some have wood beamed ceilings.

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Santoni Luxury Home - Lucca

Santori Luxury Home area, Lucca
Santori Luxury Home staircase, Lucca
Santori Luxury Home Tosca Deluxe Room, Lucca

Santoni Luxury Home - Lucca

This luxurious historical hotel is perfectly located right in the centre of Lucca, within the city walls. Only a few steps from San Martino Cathedral, all of the main sights in Lucca are an easy walk.

The rooms are all individually designed and named after Puccini's most beloved operas incuding the Puccini Suite, the Turandot room. the Manon Room, La Boheme room, Butterfly Room and Tosca room.

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Optional Extras
Lucca - Tuscany Region Tour with typical lunch and Wine Tasting
Campo di Siena, Italy

Enjoy a full day tour of Tuscany’s villages and wine regions. Travel into the heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Visit the town of San Gimignano, the wine territory of Chianti, the medieval town of Siena and the Monteriggioni fortress. These towns are all compelling stops for those who want to learn about the region’s history and traditions.

Stop by a typical Tuscan winery where you will visit the cellars and vineyards. Then enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by a delicious Tuscan lunch consisting of typical food such as pasta, cured meats, cheeses and local pastries.

In the afternoon the tour continues with sightseeing in Siena. You will have the chance to admire the magnificent Cathedral and the Town Hall in the Piazza del Campo, scenery of the world famous Palio horse race.

The tour will end with the visit to the marvellous Monteriggioni medieval fortress, before returning back to Lucca.

Price: From £150 per person includes travel by minivan, Expert multilingual tour leader, visit to a famous wine estate with lunch consisting of typical Tuscan dishes, tour of Siena, self-guided tours of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni Fortress.

 Maximum of 8-10 people.  You must be able to climb and descend steps.

Tour available on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.

Lucca - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

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Wendy

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Price Per Person: From £995
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 3 nights accommodation at 4 star Palazzo Alexander Hotel
  • Gold Seating at the Puccini Festival with private transfers
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights from the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:
London and most regionals

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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