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Enjoyable music tour of the historical city of Lucca

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    Stop At: Teatro del Giglio, Piazza del Giglio 13/15, 55100, Lucca Italy

    The meeting point with the guide is at the ticket office of the theatre, Teatro del Giglio. The tour begins with a visit to the theatre’s interior accompanied by excerpts of music performed here in the past; the construction of the theatre dates to 1675.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza Napoleone, Lucca Italy

    Back outside the theatre, the guide will explain about the adjacent Piazza Napoleone and the rock, pop, jazz, and soul concerts that have been held in this location for the past 20 years with headliners such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino), Piazza San Martino, Lucca Italy

    The next stops are at the neighboring Church of San Giovanni and the Cathedral San Martino, both of which have produced musicians and music of great quality thanks to the recurring religious celebrations held through the centuries. The Puccini family were organists of the Cathedral for 124 consecutive years.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca Italy

    The tour proceeds along Lucca’s narrow medieval streets to the Conservatory named after the illustrious cellist and composer, Luigi Boccherini, another native son. The institute was founded by the composer Giovanni Pacini in 1842 and Puccini’s father was its director for the two years preceding his untimely death.

    Next is a visit to the characteristic oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro where gladiators battled in Roman times. Today it is the location for markets and performances, including jazz concerts.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Palazzo Pfanner, Via Degli Asili 33, 55100, Lucca Italy

    You then pass alongside the residence where Niccolò Paganini, the famous violinist, lived while in town during the first decade of the 1800s when Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon’s sister, reigned over Lucca. These were the years when Paganini’s career began to flourish. You will hear the languid notes of one of his famous guitar and violin serenades, which were composed in Lucca.

    Close by is the splendid late-17th century Baroque garden of Palazzo Controni-Pfanner, a magnificent example of the gardens of that time – veritable three-dimensional outdoor stage sets.

    In Via degli Asili, the guide will point out the plaque dedicated to the memory of the composer, Alfredo Catalani, accompanied by the notes of his most successful opera, La Wally. Catalani died at the young age of 39.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, Corte San Lorenzo 9 Biglietteria, Piazza Cittadella 5, 55100, Lucca Italy

    At the garden of Palazzo Diodati-Orsetti, there is another plaque, this one dedicated to the great violinist and composer Francesco Geminiani. He migrated from Lucca to England in the early 18th century and spent his last years in Ireland where he ultimately passed away.

    From here, Piazza San Michele, considered the center of Lucca, is just a short walk away. The tour ends with a visit to the nearby Puccini Museum, birthplace of the most famous composer and celebrity of Lucca, Giacomo Puccini.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Teatro del Giglio, Piazza del Giglio, 13/15, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Puccini's Birth Home, Corte S. Lorenzo, 9, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Teatro del Giglio
    • Entry/Admission - Puccini Museum - Casa Natale
    Exclusions
    • Entry/Admission - Piazza Napoleone
    • Entry/Admission - Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino)
    • Entry/Admission - Palazzo Pfanner
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Bilingual tour in Italian and English
    • Adult rate applies to travelers 15 years and older
    • Children rate applies per child up to 15 years if accompanied by a paying adult
    • Meeting point by the Ticket Office Teatro del Giglio at 10.45 am, beginning of the tour at 11.00 am
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    This was a memorable tour. Her input was excellent and funny as was her knowledge. This should be a regular venue on their programme.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Maureen W
    Turislucca, guide at Turislucca, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    thank you so much

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We deliberately booked this for our arrival as it seemed a good way of initially exploring a city with such rich musical history ,with someone in the know . We were not disappointed . Roberta’s knowledge was extensive and she enthusiastically pointed out so many...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Mangewell
    Turislucca, Manager at Turislucca, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    thank you

    Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

    Gentle, general walking tour of Lucca, but with emphasis on musical history, especially Puccini. Alexandra was a great guide, with immaculate English and a great sense of humour. Great value for money. Really enjoyed it

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Archiesenior
    Turislucca, Owner at Turislucca, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    thank you

    Reviewed 29 July 2019

    We had visited beautiful Lucca in the past but this time wanted to spend a whole week staying within the walls and really getting to know the city. Our stay surpassed even our high expectations and a key highlight was the magical music tour. Our...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank dpd95
    Turislucca, Manager at Turislucca, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2019

    thank you

    Reviewed 24 July 2019 via mobile

    This tour was so magical to us. Lucia made sure she covered all of the musical areas in Lucca. If you love Puccini take this tour! If you just love music take this tour! You travel through the heart of Lucca. She made sure she...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Beth Q
    Turislucca, General Manager at Turislucca, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    thank you so mutch

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