Passionate about Puccini?

Monday 27 April 2015

Saga tunes in to passengers’ special interests with holiday to lakeside Puccini Opera Festival

Passionate about Puccini?

‘I would like to come here to listen to one of my operas in the open air’ – Giacomo Puccini

Italian composer Giacomi Puccini moved to Torre del Lago, in Tuscany, at the end of the 19th century and the Italian lakeside village gave him the peace and inspiration to compose some of his greatest operas including Tosca and Madame Butterfly.

Opera-loving Saga guests can now indulge in the great Italian composer’s music at the Puccini Opera Festival at Torre del Lago’s impressive 4,000-seat open-air theatre on the banks of Lake Masaciuccoli.

There will be an opportunity to indulge in up to three operas in the very setting where Puccini once said: “I would like to come here to listen to one of my operas in the open air”.

Saga’s three departures offer a choice of performances: July 30 – Tosca and Madame Butterfly; August 6 –Turandot and Madame Butterfly and August 13 – Madame Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot.

A music host will also give three opera talks and there will be an opportunity to view Puccini’s birthplace and his home, Villa Puccini.

Guests will stay at the Best Western Grand Hotel Guinigi (4Q), two kilometres outside the beautiful medieval town of Lucca.

Five nights from £1,049 departing London Heathrow to Pisa on July 30 (£1049), August 6 (£1049) and 13 (£1149).

Price includes return flights and transfers, airport taxes, half-board accommodation, welcome drink, fruit and water on arrival in hotel room, porterage, music host and Saga representative, travel insurance and cancellation cover or £17 discount if a passenger has own insurance cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 6078 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays

Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Special Interests which range from music to art appreciation, archaeology, walking and dance.

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