Giacomo Puccini in Lucca -

A Look At Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini Museum -

Recently, Gary and I along with our friend Victoria from Florence went and visited the Puccini Museum in Lucca. Frankly, I was surprised to find the building in such wonderful condition. However, I read later that in 1974, Puccini’s daughter-in-law, Rita Dell’Anna donated the home to the Puccini Foundation with the purpose of transforming it into a museum. It was a meticulous restoration in 2011 that recreated the home as it was when Giacomo lived there when he was young.

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The Music Room

This piano was purchased by Giacomo in 1901. Puccini composed much of his music on this piano. Most noteworthy – the piano stool still has the original tapestry. Amazing.

Giacomo Puccini History

The Puccini family moved to this house in San Lorenzo Square in 1815 and, Giacomo was born in this house on December 22, 1858. It is incredible to be living here in Lucca – the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini! Until his father’s death in January 1864, this was the house where he spent his childhood. As a result of his mother’s death in July 1884, the house was then rented out.

Consequently, the property passed into other hands and it was after the great success of Manon Lescaut in 1893 that Puccini was able to buy the house back, and has remained the property of Puccini and his heirs. Hence, this home became a museum on October 28, 1979. Finally, a statue of Puccini sits in Piazza Cittadella which is right next to his home.

Giacomo Puccini statue in Lucca -
Puccini statue in Piazza Cittadella, Lucca

Giacomo Puccini Operas

Giacomo Puccini began his musical studies at the Musical Institute of Lucca. From 1880 – 1883 he studied at the Conservatory of Milan. Here are some of his famous operas and the year performed:

  • Le Ville (1884)
  • Edgar (1889)
  • Manon Lescaut (1893)
  • La bohème (1896)
  • Tosca (1900)
  • Madame Butterfly (1904)
  • The Girl of the Golden West (1910)
  • La Rondine (1917)
  • The triptych (1918)


Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer known primarily for his operas. He is regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Giuseppe Verdi.

Puccini achieved international fame with the success of Manon Lescaut and La bohème. Tosca and Madam Butterfly made Puccini the most famous living composer of his day.

In 1920, he started working on Turandot. The work was filled with problems and Puccini thought of giving up on the project several times. Puccini was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and as a result, the opera was still not finished. He went to Brussels to undergo experimental radiation therapy. He only lived a few days after the operation. The unfinished Turandot was performed at Teatro alla Scala in 1926.

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Beautiful Costumes

As we walked through the home, there were several costumes, preserved and hanging on display. Especially relevant – Gary was fortunate as a young man both Madam Butterfly and La bohème at Lincoln Center in New York City. However, I have not seen a Puccini opera but would love to do so in the near future.

Giacomo Puccini costumes from his operas -
top (L to R) La bohème | (center) Tosca (R) Madam Butterfly (Bottom) Turandot
Ilene Modica,
Giacomo Puccini -


  1. Ilene and Gary,
    Reading this brought back wonderful memories of one of my visits to Lucca. The doors to the Puccini Museum were open and we could hear his music in the square. Apparently people/students were rehearsing for a performance later that day. I could have stayed by the statue of Puccini and listen all day, but I had to move on. The music did stay in my head all day. Grazie mille for the memory.

    By the way, I recently finished reading your book, “Our Italian Journey” and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1. Ahhh, Mary Jane – what a great comment. I love that a post relived a good memory. We love hearing that kind of comment! Thank you too for reading and enjoying the book. We really like those comments too!

  2. I had never been to an opera before moving to Lucca last year. We now live in a town that has a deep opera history, so we decided that we should experience it for ourselves. This year we went to two operas – Tosca and Turandot – at the Puccini Opera Festival. And I look forward to more operas in the future!

  3. This is my first Thursday Edition and enjoyed it immensely. My wife and I loved visiting several cities in Italy but Lucca is the one place we felt we would like to live. Travel memories are such wonderful life long gifts. Thank you for helping us relive the adventure.
    And yes, I loved your book. 5*star rating from me.

    1. Gene – you made our day! Great comment, we very much appreciate it. The blog takes lots of work and it is nice to know it’s appreciated! Additionally, thanks for the book comment. Have you been able to leave a written review? We’d sure appreciate it too! Thanks again!

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