Puccini and Lucca (3 hous)
We start this tour with the visit of Giacomo Puccini birthplace Reopened to the public from September 13th 2011. Here G.Puccini was born on 22nd December 1858. The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca has purchased the Birth place – which had been closed for a long time – along with its collection, entrusting the Fondazione Giacomo Puccini to manage the museum. An important renovation of this flat, on the second floor of a building in the heart Lucca, where the composer was born on 22 December 1858 and lived his musical education years before moving to Milan, enabled the re-establishment of the original settings to create a fully refurbished museum which talks about the Maestro’s life and work through his music, documents, paintings, relics and furniture. From September 13th 2011 onwards the museum opens out to visits, concerts and events to let his music and words ring out again.
IMPORTANT: entrance fee: 7,00 € per person. 5,00 € per person, for groups (minimum 10 people).
Maximum 35 people per group.
Church of Ss Paolino e Donato This was the family‘s parish church. It was actually in this church that Giacomo Puccini could be said to have received his baptism as a composer. It was here, in July 1880, that Giacomo’s composition of the “Messa a 4 voci a piena orchestra“ debuted. The messa is the first Maestro’s first masterpiece and it remained stamped on the composer’s memory since he drew upon it more than once even for his most important theatrical works. Piazza Napoleone and view to Palazzo Ducale where all Giacomo Puccini’s ancestors worked as Maestri di Cappella, entitled by the Republic of Lucca. This is the palace where Napoleon’s sister Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi used to live between 1805 and 1814. Teatro del Giglio The city’s principal theatre offers an extraordinary and rare example of a public theatre which was operated more or less continually since 1675. From August 1819, under the title Teatro del Giglio, it entered its most glorious phase and offered the city productions of outstanding quality. Here Puccini had the chance to appear as piano accompanist and later as a composer. All his operas where performed here during his life time and this is where the Opera season presently takes place. Cattedrale di San Martino In this splendid Cathedral all Giacomo Puccini‘s forebearers had carried on a considerable part of their activity as organists, composers and musical directors from 1740 until 1864. It was above all the festivals of the Santa Croce held on September 13 and 14 of each year, the Puccini family of musicians made their contribution by composing great concerts.
Caffè di Simo This famous coffee place dates back to 1846 and nowadays it has kept a great part of its original furnishings. Here was founded a real “concert of friendships “. A commemorative plaque memorial was placed there in 1958. Host and patron of the concert of Harmony was Alfredo Caselli, a figure out of the ordinary, cultivated friend of great artists, including Giacomo Puccini. San Pietro Somaldi Puccini’s early biographers tell us how in his youth, before moving to Milan to complete his studies, he used to play the organ in various churches in Lucca, such as San Pietro Somaldi, San Paolino etc. The organ in this church is a most valuable seventeenth century instrument, constructed by a famous organ builder of Lucca, Domenico Cacioli. Puccini carved his signature on the wind chest affixed after the restoration of the instrument.
Half day (maximum 3 hours:) € 105 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 210.00 and 4€ extra for each person
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Half day (maximum 3 hours) €120
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 240€