The maestro's turn-of-the-century home on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, where he lived and wrote such classics as "Tosca," "Turandot" and "La Boheme," faced possible flooding this weekend if the water level continues to rise, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Curators moved antiques, paintings and documents and a wall of sandbags was stacked in front of the villa after torrential Christmas weekend rains raised the lake level to the brink of flooding. However, a civil protection spokesman, Bernardo De Bernardinis, said that the risk of flooding had lessened.
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