Holidays in Lucca - Lucca events - Tuscany trip

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Events in Lucca

JULY – AUGUST

The Puccini Festival

The Puccini Festival is a not to be missed event for opera lovers. In Torre del Lago, birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, every summer a rich calendar of musical performances, written by the great composer, goes on stage.

The mood featured in this occasion is truly suggestive: the notes of the Bohème and the famous Tosca resound in the sweet summer nights, between the starry sky and the Lake of Massaciuccoli. The main lyric festival in Italy takes place between mid-July and mid-August.

13th September

La luminara di Santa Croce

Each year on the 14th of September, Lucca celebrates the festival of the Holy Face, where a wooden crucifix is carried in procession from the Basilica di San Frediano to the cathedral of San Martino. What makes this procession special is the lights illuminating the town: everyone carries a candle, and all the windows lining the route are also lit up, recreating a magical scene.

June - July

Lucca Summer Festival

By now one of the best-known musical festivals in Italy, the concerts take place in the city centre at the wonderful Piazza Napoleone and in Campo Balilla. Performers this year include the ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, and Italian groups Caparezza, Gianni Morandi and Max Nek Renga with many more.

October - November

Lucca Comics & Games

This is the most anticipated event of the year: Italy’s largest convention for animation, comics and video games. It’s easy to enjoy Lucca Comics – just take a stroll through the city and take in the amazing costumes of the cosplayers, people dressed as their favourite superheroes. This is a chance to pick up some unique products, take part in the many events and check out some of the concerts.

February - March

Carnival of Viareggio

The Carnival of Viareggio, a few kilometres from our hotel in Lucca, is the largest parade of papier-mâché floats in the world and one of the most beloved Carnivals in Italy.

Born in 1873 by a group of young people at the famous Caffè Del Casinò, still today it attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Every year the celebration repeats, but it amazes with innovative technologies and surprises. Among confetti, sounds and dances the allegorical floats streams through the main streets of the city: a grotesque procession representing famous people and events of politics. The preparation of the carts lasts a whole year and is entrusted to the expert Italian Masters of Viareggio, supported by volunteers and citizens.

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