His great-grandfather, also named Giacomo, was born in the village in 1712 and many of the houses in and around the village were owned by the same family.
Although the composer behind Tosca, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and others only came here during their holidays. The last time was a few weeks before his death, namely,on October 26 1924, when the 17 triumphal arches in the village were arranged in honor of the compose.
Each of these arches represents and is named after a Puccini opera. In the town you can also visit the "Vili", the museum dedicated to him which amongst other things displays his birth bed, and the festive oak leaf crown that he was awarded with after his first sucess. The village also has a restaurant where you can eat heartily for very little money.