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This internationally renowned opera festival takes place every summer in nearby Torre del Lago, about 4km south of Viareggio. About 40,000 people visit the festival every year, which takes place in an open-air museum near to where Giacomo Puccini—after whom the festival is named—lived and worked.
The festival was begun in 1930 to appease Puccini’s desire to hear one of his operas in an open-air setting near the beach. Since then, the festival has hosted some of the world’s most celebrated performers in opera. Every year the coveted Puccini Prize is handed out to one noteworthy person in the opera world.
The festival takes place during June, July and August. Around five different operas are performed on a rotating schedule. The festival opens with a special opening concert. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in Torre del Lago, or booked through a ticketing agent or on the web site. To get to Torre del Lago, take the via Aurelia Sud south out of Viareggio. The theatre is located in the forested area between the town and the beach on Viale JFK.