August 12, 2022

Unique for Mail on Sunday readers: Uncover Puccini’s Lucca with opera critic David Mellor

He created a number of the world’s best-loved operas – and we’re supplying you with an opportunity to go to the birthplace of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini in beautiful Lucca and listen to skilled talks by broadcaster and Mail on Sunday classical music critic David Mellor.

Our unforgettable five-day break contains opera performances and Puccini-themed visits. On a visit to Torre del Lago, the composer’s dwelling for 30 years, you’ll immerse your self in his world as you breathe within the Italian lakeside air he beloved a lot.

Villa Puccini, the place he lived, is at present a museum. You’ll be capable of go to the chapel on the bottom ground the place he’s buried.

Tuscan treasure: The gorgeous city of Lucca, above, the place you can be primarily based through the five-day break

Musical treat: Guests will experience live opera performances in the locations that inspired Puccini. Pictured is the Gran Teatro Puccini in Torre del Lago

Musical deal with: Company will expertise stay opera performances within the places that impressed Puccini. Pictured is the Gran Teatro Puccini in Torre del Lago


You will be joined by David Mellor

You may be joined by David Mellor 

David Mellor is The Mail on Sunday’s opera and classical music critic and a presenter on Traditional FM. The previous politician and ex-Cupboard Minister was briefly Tradition Secretary. He now frequently contributes to politics and humanities programmes on the radio. He says: ‘I’ve all the time loved my visits to Torre del Lago and I can’t look ahead to the chance that can assist you uncover its magic.’

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Throughout your go to to Torre del Lago, the director of the Giacomo Puccini Basis will give a non-public lecture and take you behind the scenes to listen to all concerning the composer who created a number of the world’s best-loved operas, together with Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca.

Within the evenings, expertise stay performances of Turandot and Madama Butterfly within the places that impressed Puccini, with David Mellor’s introductory talks offering context and perception into the composer’s life and the impression his operas had on the musical world.


Immerse your self in Tuscany: The tour contains visits to museums in addition to to the attractive city of Lucca, the tiny village of Celle dei Puccini, Torre del Lago and the coastal metropolis of Viareggio.

First-class seats to Puccini operas: Born in 1858, Giacomo Puccini wrote a number of the world’s most well-known operas. On this journey, you should have first-class seats to performances of Madama Butterfly – the tragic love story of a Japanese lady and an American naval officer – and Turandot, the story of a Chinese language prince who seeks the hand of a princess in marriage.

Perception from Puccini specialists: Puccini adored this area of Italy. Talks by David Mellor give an distinctive perception into the typically tempestuous lifetime of the composer and convey his story vividly to life.

Keep in a four-star resort: Lodging is at a four-star resort in Lucca – both the Lodge Palazzo Alexander or the San Luca Palace Lodge, each within the city’s historic quarter and inside the previous metropolis partitions. The lodges are in historical buildings with all the trimmings of recent, personalised service.

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  • Scheduled return flights from London to Pisa (regional UK airports out there on request, some at further value) and all coach transfers.
  • 4 nights in a four-star resort in central Lucca on a B&B foundation.
  • 4 dinners and one lunch.
  • Performances of Turandot and Madama Butterfly, with introductory talks by David Mellor.
  • Three talks and a question- and-answer with David Mellor.
  • Skilled information lecturer.
  • Discover Torre del Lago, Celle dei Puccini and Viareggio.
  • Companies of a Journey Editions tour supervisor.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive in Lucca DAY 2 Lucca, discuss by David Mellor, Turandot efficiency DAY 3 Torre del Lago, discuss by David Mellor, Madama Butterfly efficiency DAY 4 Lucca DAY 5 Lucca and return to the UK


The dates: August 4 to eight, 2022. The value: From £2,070pp*.

Name 02045 716 424 quoting ref MOS PUCCINI MELLOR. Go to for extra particulars and to see the total itinerary.

Phrases and situations: *From value primarily based on two sharing and topic to availability primarily based on departure date and room availability. Single complement: £152. Tour operated by TS Excursions and Journey Editions. Journey insurance coverage is just not included. Value and itinerary could also be topic to vary.