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Lucca Puccini Festival

15 Aug — 20 Aug 2019 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden,

MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0825 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1135. Transfer to Lucca for five nights at Albergo Celide. Welcome and introductory lecture.

Day

2

Morning: Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino (where Puccini played the organ; Tintoretto’s Last Supper) and museum, followed by Church of San Giovanni. Afternoon visit to Giacomo Puccini Museum. Late afternoon lecture followed by evening festival opera in Torre del Lago: Le Villi.

Day

3

Museo Nazionale (housed in 15th century Villa Guinigi). Afternoon: free time followed by lecture. Evening festival opera in Torre del Lago: Turandot.

Day

4

Morning: Palazzo Pfanner, Basilica di San Frediano and Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Afternoon lecture followed by visit to Villa Museo Puccini. Evening festival opera: Tosca.

Day

5

Morning excursion to gardens of Villa Reale di Marlia followed by Celle dei Puccini, including Puccini family home museum (where Puccini spent his childhood summers). Free afternoon.

Day

6

Depart Pisa 1240, arriving London Heathrow 1405.

Tour Dates

15 Aug — 20 Aug 2019

Days

6

Cost

£2245

Tour Code

PUCC-19

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Testimonial

John Bryden is an exceptional tour leader. He is a brilliant musician and communicator, but what sets him apart from more academic leaders is his attention to detail and outstanding consideration for others.

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £185, double room for single use supplement £295.

 
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