Classic Tuscany & Puccini Opera Festival
- Discover the picturesque charm of Tuscany on your guided group holiday to Italy’s most famous region.
- Enjoy a special open-air performance of Puccini's greatest masterpiece La Boheme in Torre del Lago
- Spend 7 nights in Montecatini, a scenic town surrounded by natural thermal springs.
- Experience the Renaissance capital on a day trip to Florence, including stops at the Ponte Vecchio & Duomo.
- Learn about the incredible architecture & history of Lucca & Pisa on a guided day tour.
- Visit the traditional Italian towns of Siena & San Gimignano on a full day guided excursion.
- Explore at your own pace with plenty of leisure time & recommendations from your expert guide.
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Your Tuscany & Opera Holiday Overview
Experience a spell bounding night at the opera and discover the very best of Tuscany on our 7-night guided group holiday to Montecatini; a beautiful hillside town famous for its geothermal spas. We’ll enjoy a special open-air performance of the famous Italian composer Puccini's masterpiece La Boheme in Torre del Lago on the banks of Lake Massaciuccoli, as part of this special Classic Tuscany holiday. On this tour, we’ll also visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout Tuscany as part of the day trips and excursions included with your holiday. We’ll see the Renaissance masterpieces and monuments of Florence, the medieval tower houses of San Gimignano, Piazza del Campo in Siena and take a trip to Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. We’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore on our own, take in the stunning surroundings of Montecatini and experience Italy like a local. Join us on this Italian adventure for the perfect mix of culture, opera, relaxation and history.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Italy
Transfer to Montecatini
Upon arrival in Italy, you will be met by our local representative and transferred by coach to your hotel in Montecatini.
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
After breakfast, begin your holiday with a walking tour around Florence accompanied by your expert local guide. You will visit the Duomo (cathedral), which was completed structurally in 1436 and has an elaborate green and pink faÃ§ade in the 19th century gothic-revival style. From there you will move on to the Piazza della Signoria, which was the centre of the Florentine Republic and remains the political hub of the city. You will also see the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) which has shops built along the length of it as was once common for Italian bridges.
After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to have a leisurely lunch and the chance to explore Florence’s exquisite streets and squares.
Lucca & Pisa
After breakfast visit Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, and the only town in Italy entirely surrounded by walls. Considered to be among the wealthiest and most conservative cities in Tuscany, Lucca’s prosperity was gained largely through silk and high-quality olive oil. The city is crammed with beautiful Romanesque churches - an architecture enthusiast’s dream.
Later, you will travel to Pisa where you will visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to perhaps the most iconic building in Italy - the Leaning Tower. The famous lean was caused by a poor foundation, which could not support the structureâ€™s weight. The tilt continued to increase before the structure was completed and has since been partially corrected in the 20th and 21st centuries. On this excursion you will also see the Pisa Cathedral and the many baroque buildings, which make up the Piazza dei Miracoli (the Square of Miracles).
Puccini Museum & Opera Performance
Visit Puccini Museum
This morning enjoy a visit to the Puccini Museum in Torre del Lago. The Museum Villa Puccini is the former home of the composer, housing photos and relics from Puccini's life including his piano and the chapel with his tomb.
Opera Performance of Puccini's La Boheme
In the evening you will travel with guide assistance to the Gran Teatro all'Aperto in Torre de Lago for a performance of Puccini's La Boheme. First performed in 1896,La Boheme is an Italian tragedy in four acts. Puccini’s masterpiece centres around a community of artists in Paris and is a moving love story between the poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimi.
Free Time in Montecatini
Today is free to enjoy as you please. Ask your guide to recommend some places of interest for you according to your tastes. We recommend a trip to one of the many piazzas and leafy parks in Montecatini.
Siena & San Gimignano
Guided Tour of Siena
Begin your day with a guided tour of Siena, a city famous for its art, cuisine, museums and medieval landscape. Here, you will visit the Piazza del Campo, home of the famous Palio, the historic horse race held here twice a year.
Explore San Gimignano
In the afternoon you will move on to San Gimignano. The town is known as the â€œTown of Fine Towersâ€ and it sits on a hilltop. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is encircled in walls and is famous for its medieval architecture and impressive skyline. We recommend you try the local white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from grapes grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
Explore Montecatini at Your Own Pace
Enjoy your final day in Tuscany at your own pace. Why not pick up some last minute souvenirs in Montecatini, or relax in one of the nine thermal centres, where you can enjoy everything from massages to mud baths, saunas to beauty treatments.
You will be transferred to Pisa airport with guide assistance for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.