Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy, on December 22, 1858. Puccini spent his childhood in Lucca and the city embraces him as a favorite native son. The famous opera composer's house has been restored in the style of the mid-nineteenth century and made into a small museum that is open to the public.
Fans of Puccini and opera should find the house of great interest. Visitors walk through the rooms of the house and each room has a small description of what the room was used for and the objects in the room (written in both Italian and English). On display in the museum are manuscripts and music scores from his operas, photos and paintings, a piano, a costume from an opera, and other memorabilia.
Lucca Puccini House Museum Visitor Information
- Hours: Daily from May 1 - October 31, 10 am - 7 pm and April 10 am- 6 pm
November through March: open at 10 AM, closing times vary by day. Closed on Tuesdays and on December 25.
- Admission: 7 euro for full price adult ticket
- Guided Tours in English: Fridays at noon, June through September, free (included with admission price). Group tours at other times can be booked for a fee.
- Website: for updated hours and price and special events see Puccini Museum web site
- Location: Corte San Lorenzo 8, off Piazza Citadella (where you will see a statue of Puccini)
Puccini Museums and Concerts
Concerts in Lucca: March 31 - October 31, concerts are held every evening at 7 PM in San Giovanni Church. November through March 31, concerts are held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM in the Cathedral Museum Oratorio. See Puccini and his Lucca for schedule.
Torre del Lago Puccini: Puccini transformed an old watchtower on Lake Massaciuccoli, about 25 kilometers from Lucca, into a villa and wrote many of his operas while living there. His villa is now a museum and in summer the Puccini Opera Festival is held in the outdoor theater overlooking the lake.
Celle dei Puccini, about half an hour from Lucca, near Pescaglia, is the house where Puccini and his family spent their summers during his childhood. The house has been made into a museum with family furniture, portraits, letters, notebooks, a phonograph given to him by Edison, and a piano on which he composed part of the opera, Madame Butterfly.