Puccini Winter Concerts

Come and stay at Villa Michaela for winter concerts celebrating over 90 years since the Maestro Puccini’s death. We are only ten minutes drive from the city and can arrange transfers there and back .

We are perfectly to explore Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini.

Furthermore, there is a wonderful weekly local performance (Friday and Saturday nights) of Puccini, Verdi et al. at either the church of San Giovanni or Il Museo della Cattedrale in Lucca , to which we can secure tickets.

For more information: www.puccinielasualucca.com

In addition there is:

Monday December 22nd at Teatro del Giglio 21h ( 9pm )
” Puccini racconta Puccini” Michele Placido with soprano Serena Farnocchia .

For more information: http://www.teatrodelgiglio.it/

Finally, Villa Michaela also has its own chapel seating 100 people, which has remarkable acoustics and was built by the famous architect Lorenzo Nottolini. We often hold Opera recitals in the chapel – which we could arrange upon request.

Thursday July 14th.
Arrive at Villa Michaela any time after 2pm for a refreshing swim , tennis, a hike up into the glorious verdant olive groves, tea, cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Friday July 15th.
Relax poolside and enjoy an al fresco lunch prepared by our award winning chef.

Leave the villa at 2.45pm for Torre del Lago to visit the famous villa which Puccini had built after he left Lucca – the villa is now a museum and the original piano on which he composed Madame Butterfly is there …………………………

Dinner 7pm in Ristorante Da Cecco on the lake at Torre del Lago next to Puccini’s villa.

9.15pm Performance of Tosca in the open air arena.

Pick up by Villa Michaela transport after the performance.

Saturday July 16th.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela – leave for nearby Montecarlo village (30 mins drive) for wine tasting and dinner at Restaurant Il Vento in Montecarlo.

Sunday July 17th.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela.

Leave at 2pm for a guided tour of Lucca followed by a one hour opera recital in the Chiesa San Giovanni – pianist, tenor and soprano – top arias only – characteristically Puccini, Verdi and Mozart …. see www.puccinielasualucca.it

Dinner after the concert at Ristorante Il Giglio on Piazza di Giglio 2 minutes walk from the concert. Back to villa with villa transport.

Monday July 18th.
Leave Villa Michaela after breakfast for a visit to the house of Puccini s grandfather in the hills above Lucca in the village of Celle. This house is now a museum run by the family and full of very interesting artefacts relating to the Maestro’s life including many letters to his wife Elvira – so far unseen.

Lunch in Celle.

5.30pm Optional cooking lesson with Gavin our chef.

Dinner at Villa Michaela followed by an Italian film shown in our cinema.

Tuesday July 19th.
Leave for Florence after breakfast.

Guided tour with lunch, shopping.

Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Wednesday July 20th.
After breakfast visit Pistoia market – shop for tonight’s dinner.

Lunch in Montecatini Alto by vernicular.

Cooking and preparation of dinner at Villa Michaela from 5.30pm

Dinner at the villa.

Thursday July 21st.
Departure by 1pm. Transfers can be arranged to and from between Villa Michaela and Pisa airport and Lucca station at extra cost depending on the number of people – please email us.

PUCCINI OPERA FESTIVAL WEEK TWO
THURSDAY JULY 21ST TO THURSDAY AUGUST 28TH 2016

Thursday July 21st.
Arrive at Villa Michaela any time after 2pm for a refreshing swim , tennis, a hike up into the glorious verdant olive groves, tea, cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Friday July 22nd.
Relax poolside and enjoy an al fresco lunch prepared by our award winning chef.

Leave the villa at 2.45pm for Torre del Lago to visit the famous villa which Puccini had built after he left Lucca – the villa is now a museum and the original piano on which he composed Madame Butterfly is there …………………………

Dinner 7pm in Ristorante Da Cecco on the lake at Torre del Lago next to Puccini’s villa.

9.15pm Performance of La Boheme in the open air arena.

Pick up by Villa Michaela transport after the performance.

Saturday July 23rd.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela – leave for nearby Montecarlo village (30 mins drive) for wine tasting and dinner at Restaurant Il Vento in Montecarlo.
Real opera buffs could re-visit Torre del Lago for the 9.15 performance of Turandot. Transport can be arranged at extra cost by Villa Michaela.

Sunday July 24th.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela.

Leave at 2pm for a guided tour of Lucca followed by a one hour opera recital in the Chiesa San Giovanni – pianist, tenor and soprano – top arias only – characteristically Puccini, Verdi and Mozart ……. see www.puccinielasualucca.it

Dinner after the concert at Ristorante Il Giglio on Piazza di Giglio 2 minutes walk from the concert. Back to villa with villa transport.

Monday July 25th.
Leave Villa Michaela after breakfast for a visit to the house of Puccini’s grandfather in the hills above Lucca in the village of Celle. This house is now a museum run by the family and full of very interesting artefacts relating to the Maestro s life including many letters to his wife Elvira – so far unseen.

Lunch in Celle.

5.30pm Optional cooking lesson with Gavin our chef.

Dinner at Villa Michaela followed by an Italian film shown in our cinema.

Tuesday July 26th.
Leave for Florence after breakfast.

Guided tour with lunch, shopping.

Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Wednesday July 27th.
After breakfast visit Pistoia market – shop for tonight’s dinner.

Lunch in Montecatini Alto by vernicular.

Cooking and preparation of dinner at Villa Michaela from 5.30pm

Dinner at the villa.

Thursday July 28th.
Departure by 1pm. Transfers can be arranged to and from between Villa Michaela and Pisa airport and Lucca station at extra cost depending on the number of people – please email us.

PUCCINI OPERA FESTIVAL WEEK THREE
THURSDAY JULY 28TH TO THURSDAY AUGUST 4TH 2016

Thursday July 28th.
Arrive at Villa Michaela any time after 2pm for a refreshing swim , tennis, a hike up into the glorious verdant olive groves, tea, cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Friday July 29th.
Relax poolside and enjoy an al fresco lunch prepared by our award winning chef.

Leave the villa at 2.45pm for Torre del Lago to visit the famous villa which Puccini had built after he left Lucca – the villa is now a museum and the original piano on which he composed Madame Butterfly is there …………………………

Dinner 7pm in Ristorante Da Cecco on the lake at Torre del Lago next to Puccini’s villa.

9.15pm Performance of Madame Butterfly in the open air arena.

Pick up by Villa Michaela transport after the performance.

Saturday July 30th.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela – leave for nearby Montecarlo village (30 mins drive) for wine tasting and dinner at Restaurant Il Vento in Montecarlo.

Sunday July 31st.
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela.

Leave at 2pm for a guided tour of Lucca followed by a one hour opera recital in the Chiesa San Giovanni – pianist, tenor and soprano – top arias only – characteristically Puccini, Verdi and Mozart ………………. see www.puccinielasualucca.it

Dinner after the concert at Ristorante Il Giglio on Piazza di Giglio 2 minutes walk from the concert. Back to villa with villa transport.

Monday August 1st.
Leave Villa Michaela after breakfast for a visit to the house of Puccini’s grandfather in the hills above Lucca in the village of Celle. This house is now a museum run by the family and full of very interesting artefacts relating to the Maestro s life including many letters to his wife Elvira – so far unseen.

Lunch in Celle.

5.30pm Optional cooking lesson with Gavin our chef.

Dinner at Villa Michaela followed by an Italian film shown in our cinema.

Tuesday August 2nd.
Leave for Florence after breakfast.

Guided tour with lunch, shopping.

Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Wednesday August 3rd.
After breakfast visit Pistoia market – shop for tonight’s dinner.

Lunch in Montecatini Alto by vernicular.

Cooking and preparation of dinner at Villa Michaela from 5.30pm

Dinner at the villa.

Thursday August 4th.
Departure by 1pm. Transfers can be arranged to and from between Villa Michaela and Pisa airport and Lucca station at extra cost depending on the number of people – please email us.

PUCCINI OPERA FESTIVAL WEEK FOUR
MONDAY AUGUST 7TH TO MONDAY AUGUST 14TH 2016

Sunday August 7th.
Arrive at Villa Michaela any time after 2pm for a refreshing swim, tennis, a hike up into the glorious verdant olive groves, tea, cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Monday August 8th.
Relax by the pool, swim, play tennis, hike etc

Leave the villa at 12.30 for lunch at Lo Scompiglio in Vorno followed by transfer to Lucca at 2.15 for a fully guided tour of Lucca by a bilingual guide.

One hour opera recital in Chiesa San Giovanni at 7 pm – pianist , tenor and soprano – top arias only – characteristically Puccini, Verdi and Mozart … see www.puccinielasulucca.it – followed by dinner at Il Giglio, 5 minutes walk from the opera .
Transfer back to Villa Michaela.

Tuesday August 9th
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela
Leave for Montecarlo village, home of Italy’s smallest opera house ( 30 mins drive ) at 4.30 for wine tasting and dinner at Ristorante Il Vento in Montecarlo.

Wednesday August 10th
Poolside lunch at Villa Michaela

Leave the villa at 2.45 pm for Torre del Lago to visit the famous villa which Puccini built after he left Lucca which is now a museum and home to the original piano upon which he composed Madame Butterfly.

Dinner at 7pm in Ristorante Da Cecco on the lake at Torre del Lago, next to Puccini’s villa.

9.15 Performance Madame Butterfly in the open air arena at Torre del Lago.

Thursday August 11th
Leave Villa Michaela after breakfast for a visit to the house of Puccini s grandfather in the hills above Lucca in the village of Celle. This house is now a museum run by the family and is full of very interesting artefacts relating to the Maestro’s life including many letters to his wife – unseen elsewhere.

Lunch in Celle

5.30 Optional cooking lesson with Gavin our chef at 5.30 pm

Friday August 12th
Leave for Florence after breakfast – guided tour with lunch and shopping.

Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Saturday August 13th.
After breakfast leave Villa Michaela for a visit to Pistoia market – shop for tonight’s dinner.

Lunch at Montecatino Alto ( travel up by vernicular )

Cooking and preparation of dinner with our chef at Villa Michaela from 5.30 pm ( participation optional ! )

8pm Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Sunday August 14th
Departure by 1pm.
Extra days available by separate negotiation.
Transfers can be arranged to and from Villa Michaela and Pisa or Florence airports and / Lucca station . Cost depends on the number of people – please email us.

FIVE DAY END OF PUCCINI OPERA FESTIVAL STAY
FRIDAY AUGUST 21ST TO WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25TH 2016

Saturday August 21st.
Arrive at Villa Michaela any time after 2pm for a hike, a game of tennis followed by a refreshing swim in our 14 metre pool followed by tea, cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Sunday August 22nd.
Relax poolside at Villa Michaela and enjoy an al fresco lunch before leaving for Torre del Lago at 2.45 to visit the famous villa which Puccini built on the shores of Lago di Massaciucholi after he left Lucca.

7 pm Dinner at Da Cecco five minutes walk from the arena of Torre del Lago.

9.15 Performance of La Boheme at Torre del Lago.

Home to the villa by Villa Michaela transport.

Monday August 23rd
Morning visit to Lucca with a bilingual guide followed by lunch poolside at Villa Michaela.

OPTIONAL evening:
Leave at 6pm to go back to Torre del lago for dinner at 7.15 followed by a performance of Turandot at 9.15pm.
or
Dinner at our local trattoria Il Bimbotto ( 5 minutes walk from the villa ) followed by a film in our screening room.

Tuesday August 24th.
Leave after breakfast for full day in Florence with guided tour, lunch and shopping.

8 pm Farewell dinner at Villa Michaela.

Wednesday August 25th.
Breakfast and depart by midday.

PUCCINI FESTIVAL COSTS

Cost for a week per person based on 2 people sharing in a premium room – Euros 1850. (Euros 2050 in any of our three suites Dante, Limonaia and Azzurra).

Cost for the 5 Day End of Puccini Festival stay based on 2 people sharing is 1320 Euros per person.

Includes:
– all food and wine at Villa Michaela meals
– all transfers to programmed events as above
– free WIFI

Does not include:
– tickets to operas
– meals out in restaurants
– airport/ station transfer
– personal laundry

Terms: 30% on booking and the balance 8 weeks before arrival.