Torre del Lago is a small town between Lake Massaciuccoli and the sea [14kms from Pisa and 25kms from Lucca]. Famous, of course, for its summer Puccini festival in the outdoor theater on the lake. Puccini called this area "paradise" and in fact the lake is still very peaceful and a good place for a relaxing vacation. He turned an old watch tower by the lake into his villa, now a museum, and wrote many of his operas there. Recently the name Puccini has been added to the town name of Torre del Lago to honour the famous composer.
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Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy, on December 22, 1858. Puccini spent his childhood in Lucca and the city embraces him as a favorite native son. The native house of the famous opera composer has been restored in the style of the mid-nineteenth century and made into a small museum that is open to the public.
Fans of Puccini and opera find the house of great interest. Visitors walk through the rooms of the house. Each room has a small description of what the room was used for and the objects in the room (written in both Italian and English). On display in the museum are manuscripts and music scores from his operas, photos and paintings, a piano, a costume from an opera, and other memorabilia.
Hours: Wednesdays through Mondays, 10AM - 6PM
Admission: 7 euro