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Puccini's Lucca

Lucca has a rich musical history boasting among its citizens in the past Luigi Boccherini, Niccolò Paganini and, Niccolao Dorati to name but a few but without question, Lucca’s most famous son is Giacomo Puccini.
Puccini is still one of the most popular composers in the world and the reason is surely that everyone loves a good love story and the fact one can’t but help coming away from one of his operas humming the tunes.

Lucca and Puccini have had a difficult relationship and for many years the city ignored the son that was esteemed by the rest of the world. However, Lucca has forgiven their rebel son his indiscretions and realized that he is a big asset for this city.

There is now a museum in the house where he was born and grew up.  It houses manuscripts and letters and also his Steinway Piano on which some of his most famous compositions were composed including Turandot. There is also Turandot’s costume worn for the first production at the Met in New York. The house, however, has…

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