The Puccini Opera Festival with Adrian Mourby

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Tour Code AGT1241
Max Group Size 20
Single Supplement £230
Start/End Point Pisa / Pisa
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Guide Lecturer Adrian Mourby – Read Bio

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“One day I would like to hear one of my operas performed here in this place” – Giacomo Puccini in Torre del Lago, the year that he died.

Torre del Lago, in the heart of Tuscany, is the magnificent setting for the Puccini Opera Festival.  On this four-night tour, you will be based in the charming Renaissance walled town of Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini.

Enjoy two of the maestro’s popular operas, performed in the stunning outdoor lake-side theatre in Torre del Lago. As well as comprehensive sightseeing of key places associated with Giacomo Puccini and other locations within the vicinity of Lucca, you will experience Tuscan cuisine, hospitality and ambiance when dining in wonderful local trattorie and restaurants.

Our special guest, Adrian Mourby, winner of the 2007 Puccini Award and a prolific opera essayist, will provide insights into the life and works of Puccini.

This tour is limited to 20 places. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Highlights

  • First-sector seats for two opera performances
  • A scenic boat trip on Massaciuccoli Lake, including a buffet dinner on board
  • Guided tours of Lucca including the Cathedral San Martino, the church of San Giovanni, and Puccini’s birth house
  • An evening concert in the Church of San Giovanni

What’s Included

  • Return British Airways flights from London to Pisa
  • 4 nights in a central four-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast, five lunches and three evening meals
  • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
  • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (L, D)

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your local guide who will take you on a short transfer to the picturesque old town of Lucca.

Enjoy lunch at a local trattoria with the group before checking in to the Hotel Ilaria, your base for the next four nights. In the early evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Lucca.

Overnight: Lucca

Day 2 - Lucca / Massaciuccoli Lake / Opera (B, L, D)

After breakfast, meet your local guide for a discovery tour of Lucca, which includes a visit to Puccini’s birthplace where mementoes of the composer are displayed, and you can see the piano on which he composed Turandot. You will also visit the stunning Cathedral San Martino and church of San Giovanni. After a leisurely lunch in a typical trattoria, you will have time to explore Lucca independently.

Perhaps cycle or take a gentle walk around the town’s walls, or relax and watch the world go by in a café in the stunning Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.

In the early evening you will travel to Massaciuccoli Lake and take a scenic boat trip along its waterways, an area which inspired Puccini in his work and where he enjoyed his leisure time.

A buffet dinner will be served on-board and special guest Adrian Mourby will provide an introduction to the evening performance of Turandot.

Overnight: Lucca

Day 3 - Celle di Puccini / Lucca / Torre del Lago / Opera (B, L, D)

After breakfast, Adrian will provide further insights into the fascinating life of Puccini during an informal get together at the hotel, before meeting your local guide for an excursion to Celle di Puccini with lunch in Celle.

You will see Puccini’s ancestral home, which is now a well maintained museum housing furniture, portraits, letters and the piano on which he composed part of Madama Butterfly’s score.

The afternoon will be at leisure, giving you the opportunity to visit the Basilica San Frediano or one of the many churches and museums within Lucca’s old town.

This evening visit Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago where the composer lived and worked for almost 30 years before dinner is served in a local restaurant and Adrian will introduce this evening’s performance of La Bohème.

Overnight: Lucca

Day 4 - Villa Reale / Lucca / Concert (B, L)

This morning enjoy a gentle walk around the stunning gardens of the Villa Reale di Marlia, once the summer residence of Napoleon’s sister and where the violinist Nicolò Paganini held his concerts.

Lunch will be taken in a local farmhouse where you will also have the opportunity to taste local olive oil. Enjoy an evening concert in San Giovanni Church before an independent dinner.

Overnight: Lucca

Day 5 - Lucca / Viareggio / Departure (B, L)

After a leisurely breakfast, check out from the hotel and join the excursion to Viareggio, an art nouveau seaside city and former home of Giacomo Puccini. Here he composed his last opera Turandot.

There will also be a chance to visit his favourite cafe on the sea front of Viareggio, Gran Caffè Margherita and for those who want to shop before the airport, Viareggio has some of the most fashionable shops in this part of Tuscany.

Enjoy your final meal on the tour and free time to explore the seaside setting before transferring to Pisa for departure.

Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £230— subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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