The other "Puccini houses"
lived in many different houses: he had some of them newly built. This was in
fact one of his “extramusical” passions; another has been his love of cars.
|Among the many houses there are the house in the village of Tagliata Etrusca near Ansedonia in the Maremma region and the house in Abetone.|
the hills between Lucca and the sea there is the Chiatri villa, which
was built for Puccini in a wonderful and panoramic position, dominating
his beloved Massaciuccoli lake. Being in trouble for reaching the house – the present
road was built just later and the Maestro had to use mules for the last
stretch – Puccini
abandoned his lovely house.
The villa in Chiatri today
is also interesting to remember the house where Giacomo Puccini’s
parents were born, in Celle in Garfagnana; this house can be visited.
houses are, however, those most closely associated with the composer’s life:
The house where he was born in Lucca
- The Torre del Lago villa
The Viareggio villa
is for their preservation and appreciation that Simonetta Puccini founded the
Association of the Friends of the homes of Giacomo Puccini"
was born in this house located in Via di Poggio and spent his
well-to-do childhood here with the numerous other members of his family.
He was always very fond of this house which had belonged to his musical
ancestors. The house was
sold at a certain point but as soon as he began to achieve success
Giacomo intervened to buy it back.
Today it is a museum which is open to the public and contains
personal objects, furniture and original copies of some of his early
compositions. There are portraits of the composer and his ancestors,
some of whom were important musicians, known and appreciated from the
early eighteenth century, even at a considerable distance from Lucca.
Puccini's birthplace in Lucca
|The Viareggio villa|
The Viareggio Villa
would probably never have left Torre del Lago if it hadn’t been for
the extraction of peat; this activity with its noise and smells made
life impossible for a basically solitary artist in love with
uncontaminated nature. On a
piece of land bought some time earlier, Puccini had a house and
surrounding garden and pine-wood built
by the architect Vincenzo Pilotti. It was here that he wrote his last
opera, Turandot, which was left unfinished when he died.
The house, fitted with every comfort and all the advanced
technological features of the time, was home to Puccini from 1921 until