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Tour Description

  • 4 days
  • experience
  • multi-centres
  • Places visited: 
  • Lucca

This short break to the Tuscan city of Lucca includes tickets to the world-famous Puccini Opera Festival in nearby Torre del Lago. Giacomo Puccini is one of Italy’s greatest opera composers, and each summer his former hometown hosts a festival with his works performed at the Teatro All’Aperto Puccini. Staying in Lucca will put you within easy reach of the festival and allows you to explore a bit of Tuscany, too.

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  • Lucca - 3 nights

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Day 1

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After flying into Pisa, you’ll pick up your hire car and drive the half-hour to Lucca. Check in to the Hotel Ilaria and Residenza dell’Alba, a charming hotel inside Lucca’s ancient city walls. Speaking of the walls, they’re perfect for a late afternoon cycle ride – handily, the hotel has a stash of bikes that you can help yourself to, so we suggest saddling up and heading out for an hour or two to get your bearings.

Day 2

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Ahead of tonight’s performance, pay a visit to the Puccini Museum. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the hotel, just off the Via di Poggio Seconda, and houses all sorts of memorabilia, from original costumes to Puccini’s draft musical scores. From here you’re within easy reach of Lucca’s most famous sights, including the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro (an oval-shaped piazza built on the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre) and the Torre Guinigi, a medieval tower with a tiny garden on its rooftop terrace.       

This evening, it’s time for a night at the opera. For 2017’s Puccini Opera Festival, you can choose between five fantastic operas – classics La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, as well as an exciting staging of La Rondine, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first performance. Dates are as follows:

Turandot: 14 & 23 July, 4 & 12 August

La Rondine: 15 July, 5 August

La Bohème: 21 & 28 July, 11 August

Tosca: 29 July, 10 & 19 August

Madama Butterfly: 18 August

The drive to Torre del Lago takes around half an hour; performances start at 9.15pm. The open-air theatre seats 3,400 people and looks over Lake Massaciuccoli, adding to the incredible atmosphere of the performances (you’ll instantly see why Puccini fell so in love with this area).

People do tend to dress up, but remember to bring something to keep you warm as it can get chilly later in the evening. As it’s an outdoor venue, be aware that the acoustics will not be as good as in an opera house, so we’d suggest paying a little more for a seat closer to the stage.

Day 3

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Make the most of having a car today and head out to explore some more of Tuscany. There are dozens of beautiful towns and villages to discover; some of our favourites include the spa town of Montecatini Terme (around 30 minutes away) and Barga (about an hour). You’re also only half an hour from Pisa if you fancy seeing the famous Leaning Tower. If you don’t fancy driving, you could always jump on the train and visit Florence for the day – the fastest direct services take an hour and 20 minutes. 

Day 4

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After a whirlwind few days, it’s time to drive back to Pisa Airport for your flight home. 

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