Puccini built a villa in Torre del Lago, on the shores of Lago di Massaciuccoli.
He lived there while writing La boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly.
Puccini was a very dashing, handsome man. In order to keep him from straying, it is said that his wife
sewed colves of garlic into his clothing to make him less attractive to women. He loved to speed along in the new horseless carriages; he was almost
killed in an automobile accident while composing Madama Butterfly.