Puccini's greatest works
The great opera composer Giacomo Puccini harboured lifelong ambitions of staging his operatic works, such as Tosca and La Boheme, in the environs of his bucolic home at Torre del Lago, alongside Lake Massaciuccoli in Tuscany.
Sadly, Puccini's dream remained unfulfilled during his lifetime. But modern-day opera lovers are much luckier.
For more than 60 years, a 4,000-seat, open-air theatre beside the lake has delighted Puccini fans with performances of his enduring musical masterpieces in a Tuscan countryside setting that couldn't get much more inspirational if it tried.
One of the greatest operas in the world
Frankly, the Puccini Opera Festival is simply one of the greatest global spectacles for those who appreciate classical music.
The Puccini Opera Festival is a magnet for some of the biggest names in the opera world, performing many of the best-loved productions, every July and August.
In recent years, the festival has boasted operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, La Rondine and Madame Butterfly.
Spellbinding operatic performances aside, the famous nearby Tuscan cities of Lucca, Pisa and – an hour and a bit away on the train – Florence are not to be missed, when you make the trip.
Magical Lucca, in particular, is used as a stunning base by many visitors to the festival.