Puccini: Lucca’s greatest symbol that the city has gifted to the world
As the real big pull for Lucca, Puccini is the symbol of the great Italian opera.
In Lucca, you can discover his houses, musical instruments, objects, atmospheres, flavours and colours that were dear to him and that inspired his creativity and his imagination. There are many subjects that promote the discovery of Puccini through routes within the city and in the local area.
The Foundation Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, established in 1972 by the City Council of Lucca and recognized with the 1976 DPR, has worked in several areas over the years. The most important achievement has been the creation of the Giacomo Puccini Birthplace Museum in Corte San Lorenzo. There you can learn (in Italian, English, and Russian) about the Maestro, and about the itineraries within and outside the city (www.puccinimuseum.it). It is also possible to book online (link) or contacting Itinera on +39.0583.583150.
The Puccini Museum App
Puccini’s home-museum, the centres for research, the institutions responsible for the production of the works of the Maestro, and finally the places that cannot be visited, but nevertheless evoke his memory and his work: all of them are presented in the form of a material and immaterial route offered to tourists and enthusiasts.
By downloading the official Puccini Museum app you will get a free virtual guide to discover the places related to Puccini in the historic city of Lucca and in the provincial area.
The app, based on the GPS geolocation system, indicates the places connected with the life and works of Puccini. It provides detailed information with texts and images, and indicates the distances between the points of interest and where the user is located.
Available for Android and iOS systems, it can be downloaded for free from Google Play and Apple Store. Click here to download it!
Puccini and his Lucca
The Puccini e la sua Lucca International Festival is, since 2004, the only Festival celebrating the music of Giacomo Puccini in his native city, Lucca,
from 1st APRIL UNTIL 31st OCTOBER , EVERY DAY at 7pm at the CHIESA DI SAN GIOVANNI and
from 1st NOVEMBER TILL 30th MARCH every THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY at the ORATORIO DI SAN GIUSEPPE (winter seat of the Festival)
With more than 4,000 performances realized in 12 years, and more than 70 professional singers, The Festival presents every evening varied programs and interpreters for a high-quality Puccini experience in the city where the Maestro was born.
Foundation Festival Pucciniano
The Foundation Festival Pucciniano has organized since 1930 the largest Opera Festival in Italy and the only one in the world dedicated to Giacomo Puccini. The 2015 season, from 24 July to 30 August, presents in the extraordinary setting of the Theatre in Torre del Lago Puccini the great works of the Maestro: Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, the Triptych. (www.puccinifestival.it/il-cartellone).
In Torre del Lago, it is possible to visit the Villa Museum Puccini, which cherishes the remains of the Maestro. Here you can see artifacts and memorabilia of the life and art of Puccini. The museum is run with love and expertise by Simonetta Puccini, granddaughter of the Maestro. (www.giacomopuccini.it/en/)
Celle di Pescaglia - Museum of the House of Puccini
The Puccini museum in Celle di Pescaglia is an actual home-museum, managed by the Association Lucchesi nel Mondo (www.lucchesinelmondo.it/museocelle.html), and consists of seven rooms, where to see photographs, letters, musical manuscripts, and precious objects belonging to the Maestro through which to retrace his human and artistic story. For route information: www.puccinimuseum.it.
Puccini's operas are staged in the large open-air theatre of 3,400 seats, by the lake of Massaciuccoli.
Click here to know more about the museum
Postcards on Puccini
Among the places related to Puccini's life and music, is the municipal Teatro del Giglio in Lucca. Built in the 17th century, it is one of the oldest public theatres in Italy. The Theatre enjoyed its maximum splendour in the nineteenth century and Puccini himself personally oversaw the staging of some of his works.
Moreover, every summer a series of concerts dedicated to the music of Puccini, sponsored by the Puccini Museum and the Puccini Foundation is staged at the theatre. These are open-air concerts in the charming Piazza Cittadella, under the bronze statue dedicated to the Maestro, a short walk from his birthplace.
The concerts are held every first Thursday of July, August and September.
Ticket price: € 10.00
For information and reservations:
Ticket office phone +39 (0)583 465320 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Puccini Museum phone +39 (0)583 584028 – email@example.com