All'Opera! - the music, the places, the atmospheres

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My drug is called Puccini" confesses Jonas Kaufmann at the Corriere della Sera. "If you've tried it, you cant' do without."
"Puccini's genius has it all. He is wonderfully symphonic but also pop," confirmed Lucio Dalla by presenting "his" Tosca, years ago, in an interview at il Giornale..

Puccini's fans are many and come from all over the world. Every year thousands of people visit Puccini's birthplace and other places in the Province of Lucca, from the mountains to the sea, to learn about the houses where he lived, his musical instruments, objects, and enjoy the atmosphere, flavors and colors that were dear to him and that inspired his creativity and his imagination in a journey through the territory.


 statua di Giacomo Puccini davanti alla casa natale a Lucca



This summer there is one more occasion and the visit to Puccini's places is enriched by the upper floors of the villa di Torre del Lago recently restored and open to the public with new arrangements of the rooms where the Maestro composed some of the most beautiful pages of opera music of all time, with original fabrics and furnishings, as Giacomo and Elvira Puccini designed it at the beginning of the last century. From the windows the view of the "dear bozzo" as Puccini called it, and now of the new open-air theater that houses the Festival.
Exceptionally open in July on 13 and 20 July and in September on 7 and 28. (info and reservations required tel. 0583 1900379 - also the villa Puccini in Viareggio, where Puccini lived in recent years, like other artists, contributing to the cultural climate of Versilia in the Art Nouveau period.


Villa Puccini a Viareggio



In addition to the tour in search of the places of the ancestors in the valley of the Serchio, the birthplace in Lucca, the villas of maturity in Versilia, summer is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the music of the Master guests "at home" of the Master. In the "living room" of Lucca, the small square in front of the birthplace of Lucca, throughout the summer five appointments with five opera concerts in the calendar of "Cartoline Pucciniane".
In Celle dei Puccini, you meet in the evening, to listen to small concerts of great music on the courtyard in front of the house of the ancestors of the Maestro, now a museum, for the exhibition "Celle sotto le stelle" where, as in a cozy evening vigil, you gather for love of music.
And finally, for those who do not want to give up the experience of an elegant evening at the opera in Puccini's places, the Festival Puccininano in Torre del Lago, in the Gran Teatro all'aperto. Atmosphere of great theater under the vault stelalta and foyer by the lake.


Festival Puccini a Torre del Lago (Viareggio) rappresentazione de la Boheme



Here are some suggestions on how to reach comfortably or better to enter the climate of the opera, the Gran Teatro all'Aperto Giacomo Puccini:

From Lucca is active the Puccini Shuttle, from Porta S. Pietro at 19:30 or directly from your hotel (information and reservations: +39 0583 462620 +39 328 581 7110

From Versilia shuttle service departing from Forte dei Marmi (Terminal Bus via Matteotti) at 19:30 and various stops on the boulevard to the sea. (for info and reservations +39 0583 491141 +39 331 676 8334. It is recommended to book, the service will be carried out with a minimum of 15 passengers)

From the eastern side of Lake Massaciuccoli, finally, you go to the Opera in Battello!  The magic of Puccini's operas is combined with the evocative atmosphere of the lake, which was a source of inexhaustible inspiration for the Maestro, in the warm lights of the evening and under the vault stelalta on his return. The departure is from Massaciuccoli at 19:30 at the oasis LIPU (via del Porto 154) with the motorboat Burlamacca. (info and reservations +39 345 9910623 - Exits are guaranteed with at least 10 reservations).


Gran Teatro all'aperto di Torre del Lago Puccini

(immagini R.Giomi, N.Ughi, C.Valentini, archivio fondazione festival Pucciniano)

Book about Giacomo Puccini at villa Puccini in Torre del lago