Rich in history, steeped in rolling hills and surrounded by stunning Italian countryside, Torre del Lago is a picturesque Mediterranean town. As the Tuscan birthplace of Italian opera master Puccini, Torre del Lago is synonymous with his intricate works of art, which are brought to life every summer at the Lucca Opera Festival.
Hosted at The Great Open Air Theatre on the banks of Lake Massaciuccoli, the annual Lucca festival delivers extraordinary opera alongside spectacular scenery.
Situated in the heart of Tuscany, Puccini arrived in Torre del Lago in the late 1800s. Enamoured by its beauty and serenity, he chose this area as the setting in which to craft some of his most celebrated and treasured operas.
Overlooking the peaceful lake, his home provided the calm he craved to construct his works of art. His villa has since been converted into a museum and is just a short stroll from the theatre.
Inspired by his surroundings, Torre del Lago became the maestro’s muse. He subsequently composed a number of his most famous operas in this tranquil Tuscan setting, including Tosca, La Boheme, Manon Lescaut and Il Trittico.
Playing host to more than 40,000 opera lovers every summer, the prestigious Puccini Festival delivers some of the most remarkable and celebrated performances in the opera calendar. Offering a unique experience, the Lucca Opera Festival is the only event of its kind to pay homage solely to this Italian master.
The opportunity to witness Puccini’s works in their birthplace, together with exceptional views and an energetic atmosphere, make the Lucca Festival a must for opera aficionados.
* Andrew & Debbie are available during such times to help with shopping or sightseeing recommendations, and more in depth information on Lucca's historic sites. Guests are always invited to join us as we dine at selected restaurants.