LUCCA IN 3 WORDS
PUCCINI – ART – EVENTS
Puccini – Lucca is mostly known in the world thanks to Giacomo Puccini and his masterpieces. “Che Gelida Manina”, “Recondite Armonie”, “Nessun Dorma” who does not know these arias? The great Maestro was born in Lucca and wrote all his operas in the nearby Torre del Lago. Today, two great international festivals are dedicated to Puccini: “Puccini e la Sua Lucca” in Lucca and “Puccini Festival” in Torre del Lago. Lucca can be fairly called a “city of music“: in fact in addition to Puccini,other great musicians such as Luigi Boccherini and Alfredo Catalani were born here and Lucca has one of the most important Italian Music Conservatory.
Art – The majestic walls, that inspired the Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio to define it “town of tree-lined circle”, the Guinigi Tower and the Piazza Anfiteatro are the icons and symbols of Lucca. The old town inside the walls offers many attractions: Romanesque churches, ancient squares, numerous museums, all walking distance from each ther ! The surroundings are no less spectacular: for example the countryside of Capannori with its historic Villas surrounded by wonderful Italian gardens, the Romanesque churches that dot the hills and Pietrasanta – the “Little Athens” – with its marble and bronze workshops and its permanent exhibitions of world famous artists.
Events – Lucca offers events and exhibitions in every season of the year. “Puccini e la Sua Lucca” festival stages a performance every day of the year and in October 2017 it will reach an even wider audience with the first edition of the Puccini World Festival. Lucca Summer Festival is now recognized as one of the most important international musical events in Italy; and Lucca Comics & Games is one of the most important comics book and pop culture fairs in the world and every year, between October and Novemeber attract a peaceful invasion of cosplayers who bright up the streets of the city. . And what about the surroundings? We can mention the Carnival of Viareggio and its gigantic, colourful floats and charming masks, the “Lucca Ancient Camellias Show”, which runs every year between Autumn and Spring in the territory of Capannori, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, which every July and August brings to life the evocative open air theater on the banks of the lake where Puccini composed all his masterpieces. In short, every moment is good to come to visit Lucca and its territory!
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