Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago: where Giacomo Puccini still feels alive

Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago: where Giacomo Puccini still feels alive

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Torre del Lago (Viareggio, province of Lucca) is known for being the gay mecca in the Tuscan coast, but most especially for Giacomo Puccini ́s villa. Attracted by its peaceful surroundings, such as the Lake di Massaciuccoli nearby, the composer bought it in 1898 and lived there until his death in 1924. The simplicity of the two-storey building is offset by inner eclecticism, with highlights as his piano room and the chapel where the master, his wife, son and daughter-in-law are buried. It is great to know that tragic characters such as Floria Tosca, Mimì or Madama Butterfly were given birth within these walls. The house-museum was inaugurated in 2012 and is managed by her granddaughter Simonetta Puccini. Since 1930, the Puccini Festival is celebrated near the lake in summer, with works of the composer represented in an outdoor stage.
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Villa Puccini: la casa-museo de Giacomo Puccini en Torre del Lago

Torre del Lago (Viareggio, provincia de Lucca) no solo es conocido por ser la meca gay de la Toscana costera. Atraído por la tranquilidad circundante, a la que contribuye el cercano lago di Massaciuccoli, Giacomo Puccini compró aquí esta villa en 1898, donde vivió hasta su muerte (1924). Desde 1930, junto al lago se celebra cada verano el Festival Puccini en honor al compositor, durante el cual sus obras son representadas en un teatro al aire libre. La simplicidad exterior del edificio de dos plantas es compensada por el eclecticismo interior, que incluye sala de piano y capilla, donde está enterrado el maestro, su mujer, hijo y nuera. Reconforta saber que personajes trágicos como Floria Tosca, Mimì o Madama Butterfly fueron gestados entre estas paredes. La casa-museo fue inaugurada en 2012 y es gestionada por su nieta Simonetta Puccini.
Casa-museo Villa Puccini en Torre del Lago Puccini 

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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