Torre del Lago, Villa Puccini
The Villa Puccini is open to visitors on fixed hours and with fixed time slots - which unfortunately also meant moving on, while I was still listening to the audioguide. The museum holds all kinds of memorabilia of Puccini such as countless photos, painted portraits (some nice ones by e.g. Giacomo Grosso), drawn portraits (e.g. by Boldini), caricatures, letters, diploma's, decorations, etc. Puccini had modern artists redecorate the house, such as Galileo Chini who provided a ornate Liberty chimney piece. The salon also hosts his piano and writing table. There is a quite bizar commemorative chapel, where Puccini and his son Antonio are burried and partly decorated by Adolfo De Carolis, and a hunting room with all of his rifles and hunting boots. The house is crammed with objects, but if you take your time - and the staff permits you - you might see some nice rareties such as photos of a Japanese house which served as the model for Madame Butterfly's house (in the first room) and a delicate little drawing of a young lady by Paul Helleu (in the hunting room). See also the site of the Villa: www.giacomopuccini.it/index_inglese.htm (unfortunately with bad, blurry pictures).