You’ll join the vessel at Viareggio on the mainland; the nearest airport is Pisa, just 15 miles away. You may find your crew has opera crooning from the speakers on your arrival — this is the birthplace of the man who wrote Madame Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca. Giacomo Puccini lived and worked in nearby Torre del Lago and his home is open to the public. Head for the town, a health and seaside resort since the early 1900s, with art nouveau buildings and six miles of beach.
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