Puccini Festival: a pearl in the Versilia Coast

Torre del Lago Puccini on the Versilia Coast

Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival, lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 4 kilometres from the magnificent beaches of Viareggio on the Versilia Coast, 18 kilometres from Lucca and Pisa. The sandy coastline of this Tuscan Riviera extends at the foot of the striking Apuan Alps where Tuscany Holiday Rent offers various apartments on the Versilia Coast for both sea and mountain but also opera lovers. Torre del Lago indeed is a favourite destination of opera lovers and tourists who wish to visit the places where the most beloved composer of the 20th century lived.

 

Giacomo Puccini in his house in Torre del Lago

A deep love, lasting over 30 years, linked Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini, to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which was then renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants. When the great composer first arrived here, towards the end of the 19th century, he found the picturesque, quiet place he needed for his creative genius. Puccini immediately fell in love with the lake and the small village, whose houses were mirrored in the blue-grey waters of the Massacciuccoli Lake, and called it “the Eden”. Puccini’s two passions were music and hunting and this was the ideal place to cultivate both. Puccini lived in Torre del Lago for thirty years and here he composed his main operas.

The open-air theatre

Following the composer’s wishes, since 1930 the Puccini Festival has taken place on these lake shores and today welcomes about 40 thousand spectators every year to its open-air theatre, just a few steps from the Villa Mausoleum where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked. His mortal remains are now in a small chapel inside the Villa.

Over seventy years of history on the stage of the Puccini Festival.

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