Opera by the Lake

Mr & Mrs T from Plymouth

Dear Andrew,

We are now back in the UK having had a memorable visit to Lucca.

The city was a real joy, the hotel was excellent, the staff being exceptionally friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were all one could wish for and the open bar ( free) until 1900hrs was greatly appreciated.

The transfers went smoothly and on time, we decided against taking a taxi to  Torre del Largo - cost 165 euros! and instead took the shuttle, just 50 euros, which picked us up from the hotel and returned us there. In addition it enabled us to meet some fascinating and interesting fellow opera lovers!

Butterfly was perhaps a little disappointing but La Boheme was magical. We were glad to be in the gold sector as I suspect the acoustics towards the rear of the auditorium were not too good. If I had one suggestion it would be to ask them to produce a souvenir programme in English.

We enjoyed two other musical events in Lucca and also visited a remarkable sculpture exhibition by Tony Cragge, a totally unexpected pleasure.  We had planned to travel outside the city but the temperature during our stay varied between 34 - 39 degrees centigrade and the best place for the afternoon was our air conditioned bedroom!

What a wonderful 70th birthday present!