Giacomo Puccini, perhaps Italy's best-known composer of opera, was born in Lucca in December, 1858. His best-known operas include La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. The Puccini Festival is an annual summer performance series held in a beautiful setting in Torre del Lago, Puccini's adopted home later in life. Tickets and information are available here.