Strictly for music lovers
Lucca can boast an extremely rich musical tradition. Among the many musicians who were born here none, without doubt, is as famous and loved as Giacomo Puccini.
Puccini's birthplace has recently been reopened to the public after an intricate court case. On show are portraits, a rich collection of letters, his Steinway piano, an amazing theatrical costume for Turandot etc.
I studied the piano for many years until I realized I had no talent for playing. However, music still remains my main interest and my studies turned out to be a great asset. But I'm sure that besides the innovations and technicalities of Puccini's music you will want to hear about his private life, which was rather turbulent for those days, scandalous in fact.
In that case I will provide all the ins and outs of a Dynasty-style saga that became even more intricate in recent years as Puccini's large estate was at stake.
Please note the museum is closed on Tuesday.
The church of San Paolino, the parish church of the family, the Puccini museum (the visit can last up to 2 hours depending on your specific interest) the theatre (exterior only), the Music Institute, and the historical Caffè Di Simo, the oldest café in town and the favourite meeting place of all artists, including a young, still poor Giacomo.
Please note Di Simo is closed on Monday.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: A favourite meeting place is in front of the Tourist Office at Piazzale Verdi but I can meet you at your hotel if you are staying in town, or at the railway station if you are arriving by train.
End location: Saint Michael Square (Piazza San Michele in Italian)right in the town centre.
Duration: 6 hours
Incl. travelling time to Celle and back
This is a walking tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euros - As bank fees and bureaucracy in Italy are ridiculous, it is always a good idea to carry some local cash with you that you should preferably buy in your own country. Most shops accept credit cards, but smaller shops, cafés and very often taxis are cash only.
I do not have a commercial driver's licence, so I cannot drive during tours. Lucca is totally flat, so we normally walk or rent a bike when in town, but we can have a professional driver to take us around to the different destinations