La casa di Puccini all' inizio del 900

Puccini first came to Torre del Lago in June 1891, together with his wife Elvira and his only child Antonio, while he was writing his third opera, Manon Lescaut. The town takes its name from an ancient guard tower, which rose on the bank of the lake Massaciuccoli: it was then transformed in a rustic dwelling, and at the time of Giacomo Puccini it was inhabited by the gamekeeper Venanzio Barsuglia.

 

Puccini fell in love with Torre del Lago, and he decided to spend here the Summer and his future holidays until 1899, when he bought the tower and transformed it into the present-day two-storey villa, typical of the nineteenth-century middle class’ houses, next to the lake, which touched the path sorrounding the garden railings. Puccini passed most of his time in the house in Torre del Lago. But the town changed over time: new houses and new roads were built, and also a peak factory, which was very criticised by the Maestro. Puccini moved to Viareggio, where he remained until 1924. After his death, his son Antonio transformed the house into a museum, which has preserved the original aspect of the villa: in particular, the omnibus room, where there are his Förster piano, several portraits of the Maestro, representing different stages of his life, his death mask and the paravent, a precious gift from the Japanese Government. Other rooms are: the veranda, the manuscripts room and the kitchen,

which cherish objects of the daily life, decorations and recognitions from all over the world, paintings made by his friends belonging to the artistic movement “Macchiaioli” – who were his life and hunting companions-, portraits of his friends and coworkers, handwritings written after his throat operation, his last words. In the hunting room there are his rifles and his hunting trophies, and also his shoes and boots. The beautiful chapel, which was once the living room, shields the remains of the Maestro and of his relatives. The Museum offers to its visitors the extraordinary possibility to experience spaces, which are the same as when Giacomo Puccini used to live in them; through its room, left almost intact, it is possible to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place, where the Maestro found the inspiration for his immortal works

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