TORRE DEL LAGO
View of the Massaciuccoli lake, Torre del Lago Puccini
Torre del Lago is a hamlet of the town of Viareggio. It counts almost 11,000 inhabitants and takes its name from some fortifications rising into the near Massaciuccoli lake. The vast lake it stands on, is a unique bird reserve also a part of the Magliarino–San Rossore natural park.
This quiet lake town is known as the home town of the famous italian composer Giacomo Puccini. More recently, name "Puccini" has been added to the town's ancient name with the aim of celebrating the famous composer who passed here large part of his life, creating some of his most famous opera works. Puccini's house (Villa Puccini), situated on the lake's belvedere, houses today the sepulchre of the composer.
Visits to the Villa are allowed, so that it represents the centre of interest for opera lovers from all over the world. The respect for the composer's talent and music is also celebrated by naming the streets, bars and restaurants after the famous characters from his operas.
Every year during summer time, a lyric festival, the "Festival Puccini", is organized to celebrate the composer: in an open theatre, set up on the lake, the most famous Puccini's operas are played.
Torre del Lago Puccini, the tower on the lake
Marina di Torre del Lago (the area of the town located on the sea) is also very famous as a bathing-place, especially during Summer period, for the great number of restaurants and discos, and for the Lecciona beach, well known to be an GLBT tourism (Gay tourism - in the context of Friendly Versilia project) international destination, with over 100,000 gay tourists each year.
It is possible to reach Torre del Lago by train directly by the Roma-Genova line, or if you prefere by car, from Aurelia street through the access roads with the Firenze-Mare (A11) highway and the Sestri Levante-Livorno (A12) highway. By plane, from the close Galileo Galilei Pisa airport (15 Km) and by boat, using the adjacent touristic port of Viareggio, just 5 Km far.