Featured holiday Puccini Opera Festival holiday Italy

4 nights/5 days
This is a tailor-made opera holiday to the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, with four nights at a nearby hotel, and second sector seats for one opera performance. We include a hire-car for you to drive yourself to the opera, but a transfer could be arranged instead. You may add extra nights and performances so that we tailor the holiday exactly as you want it.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for five days
  • 2nd sector seats for an opera performance
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury opera holiday to the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago

This is suggested opera holiday with four nights and one performance included. The grand open-air summer Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Tuscany is an opera festival celebrating the life and works of the great Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini. Enjoy a luxury and tailor-made opera holiday at the Puccini Festival this summer and see world-famous performance of Puccini’s spectacular operas, Tosca and Turandot. Puccini was born in nearby Lucca in 1858 but from about 1891 and covering his most productive years, he spent most of his time at Torre del Lago, a small community about fifteen miles from Lucca. By 1900 he had acquired land and built a villa on the lake, now known as the 'Villa Museo Puccini'. He lived there until 1921 when pollution produced by peat works on the lake forced him to move to Viareggio, a few kilometres north. After his death, a mausoleum was created in the Villa Puccini and the composer is buried there in the chapel, along with his wife and son who died later. The 'Villa Museo Puccini' is presently owned by his granddaughter, Simonetta Puccini, and is open to the public.

Highlights

Stay in a hotel nearby • Performance of your choice at the Puccini Festival • Choice of additional performances • Add on extra nights • Hire-car included for the holiday


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 4 nights

From about

£1,320 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury opera holiday to the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago

You arrive at Pisa airport, collect your hire-car and drive for 20 minutes to San Giuliano Terme, to your hotel, where you will be based for four nights.

You have three days to enjoy from your base at San Giuliano Terme. Lucca is an obvious destination for a day’s excursion. There is not only the ancient town itself, but there are villas and gardens nearby which are well-worth visiting. A short drive away there are the coastal resorts of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, with their long sandy beaches flanked by umbrella pines. Pisa itself is worth a visit or venture further afield into Tuscany, perhaps to Montecatini Terme or the mediaeval town of San Miniato, situated atop three hills. Your hotel is renowned as a spa hotel with hot springs and and outdoor thermal pool, so you should allow time to try the spa treatments. Then, on the evening you have chosen, or perhaps more than one, you attend the opera at Torre del Lago.

Depending on the time of your return flight, there may be some free time before you have to return your hire-car to the airport. Or, you may be extending your stay in Italy and travelling on to another destination.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 4 nights

From about

£1,320 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa, San Giuliano Terme
● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa return, economy
● Hire of a Group B car for five days
● 2nd sector seats for an opera performance
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Puccini festival 2020 programme

Tickets at Puccini Opera Festival

Turandot

July 18, 31 | August 8, 16

La Boheme

August 1, 9, 22

Madama Butterfly

August 14, 23

Manon Lescaut

July 25 | August 7

Tosca

July 17, 24 | August 2, 21

Balletto

August 13

Ticket prices for the performances vary from about £40 per person for a 4th sector seat to about £170 per person for a Gold seat. Many opt for a 2nd sector seat at about £90 per person. Tickets must be prepaid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. (A handling charge is added to the face value of your ticket if you ask any agent in the UK to make the reservation for you). The organisers reserve the right to change the programme.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 4 nights

From about

£1,320 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa, San Giuliano Terme
• Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for five days
• 2nd sector seats for an opera performance
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there Pisa is served by direct flights from London Heathrow with British Airways that operate daily, with more than one flight a day. San Giuliano Terme is about 20 minutes’ drive from Pisa airport. From San Giuliano Terme it’s about 30 minutes’ drive to Torre del Lago, where the opera festival takes place. The hotel is also only about 15 minutes’ drive from the historic city of Lucca.

Luxury opera holiday to the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago

Expressions Holidays offers you this hotel for this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
San Giuliano Terme
Bagni di Pisa

The Bagni di Pisa is a 5-star, boutique hotel with an exquisite spa heritage. The decadent interiors and tranquil pool, gardens and surroundings and gourmet dining facilities afford guests a truly indulgent Tuscan experience.

Classic double or twin room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 4 nights

Holiday Code FHIT02

Luxury opera holiday to the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago

About Tuscany

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Tuscany allows you to appreciate its classical landscape of rolling hills and vineyards dotted with olive and cypress trees, its misty green-grey mountains that are never too far distant, and hill-top towns of rich brown and gold stone houses. This combines with the beauty of the works of art contained in the towns and villages throughout Tuscany to create an inspirational union of the spirit and the senses. There is an intrinsic comfort in the supposed contrast between the delicacy of a Botticelli and the heartiness of Ribollita soup, yet both are typical of this fascinating region. As birthplace of the Renaissance, the impact of Tuscan and particularly Florentine traditions and culture on European heritage is fundamental to our way of life. In addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, there are the less well-known regions south of Siena with its moon-like landscape of hills, the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino, the coastal marshlands of the Maremma, the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia, the islands of Elba and Giglio, and the Casentino with the source of the Arno and abundant mushroom crops. Wherever you travel on holiday in Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life, which is quintessentially that of Italy too.

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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