Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago
Historic Building and Museum in Lucca
Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago stands as a fascinating representation of how the concept of a “villa” and its architecture underwent a complete transformation during the Art Nouveau period.
This splendid building served as the residence of the renowned composer Giacomo Puccini, who, hailing from Lucca, chose to make his home on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli. He was drawn to this location for its breath-taking beauty and serene ambiance. Today, Villa Puccini has been transformed into the Villa Puccini Museum, thoughtfully managed by the composer’s heirs and open to the public.
Designed by Giuseppe Puccinelli, the villa stands two stories high and boasts a rectangular shape with elegantly simple and linear decorations. A charming bow-window graces the facade, overlooking a small garden inspired by oriental influences.
During its construction in Torre del Lago, Puccini collaborated on the design, along with other artists like De Servi, Galileo Chini, who created the fireplace, and Nomellini, who adorned the walls with pictorial decorations. A highlight of the villa is the ground floor chapel, where the musician himself is laid to rest. The chapel features two exquisite stained glass windows and two bas-reliefs.
Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago preserves the legacy of the famous composer, providing visitors with a glimpse into his life and artistic inspirations. The villa’s elegant blend of architecture and artistic elements perfectly captures the essence of the Art Nouveau period, making it a captivating destination for those seeking cultural enrichment.
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Visiting Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago
November: OPEN ONLY on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (last admission 12:00) – from 2:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. (last admission 4:40 p.m.).
December 1st to January 31st: from 10:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (last admission 12:00) – from 2:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. (last admission 4:40 p.m.).
February 1st to March 31st: from 10:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (last admission 12:00) – from 2:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. (last admission 5:10 p.m.).
April 1st to October 31st: from 10:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (last admission 12:00) – from 3:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. (last admission 5:50 p.m.).
On the days of the Puccini Festival (July and August): from 10:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (last admission 12:00) – from 4:00 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. (last admission 8:00).
Monday morning (excluding period from June 1st to September 30th), December 25 (Christmas)