Friday, July 27, 2007

53rd Puccini Festival

The 53rd Puccini festival is on until August 19th, with new productions of Madama Butterfly and La Rondine, and repeats of Tosca and La Boheme. The Festival's site includes a page for online reservations.

It takes place at Torre del Lago on Lake Massaciuccoli (inset) in Northern Tuscany, where the composer had his beloved villa. The locale is attractive in itself, and is near the beautiful and chic Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi beaches, and the cities of Lucca (Puccini's birthplace) and Pisa. There is also an international airport at Pisa. Florence itself is only about 50 miles away.