Founded on 29 January 2005 by the will of Simonetta Puccini, the Maestro’s only grandchild, the Simonetta Puccini Foundation for Giacomo Puccini aims to keep alive and honor the memory of Giacomo Puccini through the conservation and dissemination of the Maestro’s cultural and artistic heritage. It promotes and spreads knowledge of Puccini’s works and locations through meetings, exhibitions, studies, research, tourism, and enhancement of archives and libraries. In particular, the Foundation has the purpose of collecting, protecting and disclosing to the whole community the archival and photographic material owned by the Institution. In addition, it protects and enhances the Giacomo Puccini Villa Museum in Torre del Lago (Lucca), collaborating with local agencies, public and private.
The Foundation collects the work of the Institute of Puccini Studies, founded in 1979, and of the “Amici delle Case di Giacomo Puccini” Association, established in 1997. The Simonetta Puccini Foundation for Giacomo Puccini obtained legal recognition from the Prefecture of Lucca on 8 July 2005 and was appointed universal heir by its Foundress who passed away on 16 December 2017, the date on which the Foundation became the owner of the Villa Museo Puccini in Torre del Lago (Lucca), the historical library, and Giacomo Puccini’s personal archive. Simonetta also bequeathed a building bordering the Maestro’s villa in which the cultural and institutional activities of the Foundation are concentrated and which houses the services for the Museum itself: Archive, Library, Exhibition Hall, Auditorium, offices, and guest quarters.