Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, but he never really liked city life. And so, in 1891, he moved to the Versilia, choosing Torre di Lago as his buen ritiro, a village that would eventually adopt the composer’s name in his honour. Located on the shores of Lake Massciuccoli, the town was perfect for Puccini, who loved hunting in the swamp, admiring the picturesque sunsets and gazing at the Apuan Alps reflected in the lake’s waters.
The “Maestro” would remain on the lake for the rest of his life. An open-air theatre was built on the shore (suitably named the Gran Teatro Puccini), and every summer his pieces are performed here during the Puccini Festival.