The house where Giacomo Puccini was born in in Lucca now serves as a museum. The museum has only recently been reopened to the public after the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca (a bank) bought the property and the collections. This helped finance renovation work that had to be finished. On the 13th of September 2011 The Birth Home Museum reopened to the public. Visitors can follow an exhibition route through the rooms of the house which display a description of what the rooms was used for in both English and Italian. You will be able to see manuscripts, music scores from his operas, paintings, pictures and a costume from an opera.
The Puccini house museum in Lucca is a must for fans of the maestro or people who enjoy opera in general.
The life of Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy on the 22nd of December in 1858. He was christened the next day by special permit, most likely because he was in danger of death. His full name is Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele, he was given the names of all his preceding family members as part of the family tradition. He grew up with six sisters and a brother in the house at Lucca and received the lessons that build the foundations from his father Michele, before he passed away in 1864.
Giacomo lived a happy childhood in Lucca, but moved to Milan in the Autumn of 1880 to start his studies at the Conservatory.
Giacomo did not manage to finish his last opera, Turandot, as he was diagnosed with a cancer of the larynx after years of complaining about an insistent sore throat. Het went to a special clinic in Brussels to get experimental treatment of radiotherapy but only survived the operation for a few days. Giacomo Puccini died on 29 November in 1924. The Turandot was staged for the first time in 1926 and is now one of the most frequently performed operas of Puccini.
Giacomo was determined to be a composer, and not a teacher or interpreter of music. That’s why he composed his first opera right after finishing his final exam at the conservatory. Le Villi took part in the Sonzogno Competition for one-act operas, but didn’t have much success. Some of his friends still managed to organize a first performance of the work in 1884, which is how Giulio Ricordi noticed the work and Puccini. Giulio Ricordi, one of the most important Italian music publishers, inserted the competitions in the catalogue of his publishing house.
Puccini slowly grew from there and become one of the richest and most famous composers living, mainly because of his work Tosca (1900) and Madame Butterfly (1904). His compositions got staged in his presence in major opera houses all over the world, from Buenos Aires, New York, to London.
Important information before visiting
How to get to the Puccini Museum in Lucca?
Puccini’s Birth Home is located in the center of Lucca, and can be found at the address Corte S. Lorenzo, 9, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy. If you click the link a new tab will open leading you directly to the museum.
Yes, the Puccini House Museum in Lucca is disabled friendly.
Full price: €7,00
Reduced price: €5,00
Families: €13,00 – Two adults + one child aged 11-17. Each additional child costs €3,00
Groups: €5,00 – Per person (min 10, max 25 persons). 1 Leader free for every 10 paying guests
Schools: €3,00 – Per student (min 10, max 25 persons). 1 Leader free for every 10 paying guests
Booked Guided Tours: €70,00 plus ticket price (max 25 persons). Duration of the visit is approximately 1 hour.
*Reduced ticket prices apply to people under 18 and over 65 years old, students up to 26 years old, Lucca Municipality residents, disabled persons, ICOM members, affiliated institutions, organizations and associations.
*Free admission to children up to 10 years old (schools included), carers of disabled visitors, journalists, tourist guides.
March and October: 10:00 – 18:00.
From Monday to Sunday, closed on Tuesdays except on holidays.
1st April until 30th September: 10:00 – 19:00.
Open every day.
1st November – 24th of December:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 13:00 | 15:00 – 17:00
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays (except on holidays) and 25th December
26th December – 28th February:
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays (except on holidays)