Ansedonia, Giacomo Puccini and and the Tagliata Tower

Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo


Albarese

Acquapendente


Archipelago Toscano


Arcidosso


Arezzo


Asciano


Badia di Coltibuono


Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Beaches

Bolsena Lake


Bomarzo

Brunello di Montalcino

Buenconvento

Campagnatico


Capalbio


Castel del Piano


Castelfiorentino

Castell'Azarra

Castellina in Chianti


Castelmuzio


Castelnuovo Bererdenga


Castiglioncello Bandini


Castiglione della Pescaia


Castiglione d'Orcia


Castiglion Fiorentino


Celleno


Certaldo


Chinaciano Terme


Chianti


Chiusi


Cinigiano


Città di Castello

Cività di Bagnoregio


Colle Val d'Elsa


Cortona


Crete Senesi


Diaccia Botrona


Isola d'Elba


Firenze


Follonica


Gaiole in Chianti


Gavorrano

Gerfalco


Greve in Chianti


Grosseto


Lago Trasimeno


La Foce


Manciano


Maremma


Massa Marittima


Montagnola Senese


Montalcino


Monte Amiata


Monte Argentario


Montefalco


Montemassi


Montemerano


Monte Oliveto Maggiore


Montepulciano


Monteriggioni


Monticchiello


Monticiano


Orbetello


Orvieto


Paganico


Parco Naturale della Maremma


Perugia


Piancastagnaio


Pienza


Pisa


Pitigliano

Prato

Punta Ala

Radda in Chianti


Roccalbegna


Roccastrada


San Bruzio


San Casciano dei Bagni


San Galgano


San Gimignano


San Giovanni d'Asso


San Quirico d'Orcia


Sansepolcro


Santa Fiora


Sant'Antimo


Sarteano


Saturnia


Scansano


Scarlino


Seggiano


Siena


Sinalunga


Sorano


Sovana


Sovicille

Talamone

Tarquinia


Tavernelle Val di Pesa


Torrita di Siena


Trequanda


Tuscania


Umbria


Val d'Elsa


Val di Merse


Val d'Orcia


Valle d'Ombrone


Vetulonia


Viterbo

Volterra



 

   
Surroundings
 
Ansedonia, Torre e forte della Tagliata 01
 

The Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower [1]


       
   


The Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower


   
   

Puccini 'also had his eye on a winter retreat: the ancient fort of Torre della Tagliata in a remote part of the Tuscan Maremma (' 1O metres from the sea, ... plenty of hunting and fishing, ... climate: Montecarlo, because it's sheltered by the hill of Ansedonia, ... altogether a real delight." By October 1919 he had completed the purchase and was able to move in after Christmas. Bur his delight was of short duration. Within a year he was inveighing against the desolation, the stink of the marshes, and, above all, the debilitating 'scirocco'. In 1922 he put the property up for sale.'[Julian Budden, Puccini: His Life And Works, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ]

The historical complex of the Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower, is an historical landmark in this area and sits directly on the beach.
The composer Giacomo Puccini lived in this spanish tower during the last years of his life. He began writing the Turandot opera here.

Giacomo Puccini, an ardent hunter and fisherman (cacciatore e pescatore), loved the wild marsh land of the Maremma. In 1920 he bought the crumbling tower (torre franante) on the windblown beach and became friends with the men of the local Guardia di Finanza (a branch of the police), his only neighbors whose caserma (barracks) were next door.

 

   
   
Puccini died of complications of throat cancer treatment before completing Turandot, although he left dozens of pages of notes for its end. At its premiere at La Scala on April 25, 1926, a year and five months after his death, Toscanini put down his baton in the middle of Act III and said to the audience, “Here the opera ends because at this point the Maestro died.”

What lives on to this day is Turandot’s most famous aria, Nessun Dorma:

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle che tremano d'amore e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà! …
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle! Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincerò! vincerò, vincerò!

English:

Nobody shall sleep! Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, oh Princess, in your cold room,
watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know...
Vanish, oh night! Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win![1]

 

  Torre Puccini
The Puccini Tower
[Photo Matteo Vinattieri]

Puccini composed in Torre del Lago his main operas, among which Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), La Fanciulla del West (1910), La Rondine (1917) and Il Trittico (1918).
The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is the only one in the world dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini. It takes place every summer during the months of July and August.
A deep love lasting over thirty years linked Giacomo Puccini to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which then was then renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants.



Events in Tuscany | The Puccini Festival


Lago di Burano and Tombola di Feniglia | Walking in Tuscany, itineraries between sea and mountains

Tombolo di Feniglia

   
     
     
 

This protected area, the Tombola di Feniglia, is known for its long sandy beach lined with pines and protected lagoons for birds including herons, pink Flamingos and Corsican Seagulls.

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Riserva Naturale della Laguna di Orbetello (Grosseto) (it)

The best beaches in Italy | Tuscany Beaches in Maremma | From Principina a Mare to Ansedonia

Maremma's natural heritage | www.parco-maremma.it

Parco Regionale della Maremma | The Towers |


 

ature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast

 
   

Album Cosa | Galería fotográfica

 

   
         
Cosa07   Panorama con Torre della Tagliata (Torre Puccini) dal Porto di Cosa (GR)   Cosa10
Capitolium - front, Cosa  

La porta di Cosa

 

  Vista da Cosa verso la costa di Vulci
         
  Cosa07   Porto di Cosa (GR)

Map of Cosa, second century BCE

 

  Capitolium - front, Cosa   Cosa, porta
         


Tuscan farmhouses | Podere Santa Pia

 
         

Vulci, Castello della Badia
The oasis Vulci extends along the river Fiora, where a water fall has originated a small lake, lago Pellicone, where it is possible to bathe.

From the sea in a pine wood on the borders of the Parco Naturale della Maremma



Talamone

Marina di Albarese

The most famous part of the Maremma is the Parco Naturale della Maremma, otherwise known as the Parco dell'Uccellina

Principina a Mare

The Ombrone River located along the coast of Maremma Grossetana, where it flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea in Principina a Mare.


Maps available in Podere Santa Pia

Kompass 651 (2005), Maremma, Argentario, Grosseto, Isola del Gigilo 1 : 50 000.
Edizioni Multigraphic, Parco di Montioni - Alta Maremma 1 : 25 000.

 




[1] Foto daSailko, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license