The Villas of Lucca

Villa Reale

The many elegant patrician villas are only a few minutes away from the historical center of Lucca.  They stand basking in the verdant countryside among olive groves and vine-yards. Not only were they the summer residences of the noble families but they also rep-resented a certain status as can be seen from their beautiful architecture and lavish inte-rior décor.

Villa Torrigiani Santini
A spectacular Baroque villa whose gardens still retain their original form, rich of surprises and amazing water games. The inside of the villa, which is completely furnished, can also be visited.

Villa Reale di Marlia
Napoleon’s sister, the princess Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte, considered this villa her favorite residence. We can visit the park and its splendid gardens, in the midst of which we find the extraordinary 17th-century green “verzura ” open-air theatre, where the famous violin-ist Paganini performed for Elisa and her guests.

Villa Mansi
The summer residence of one of the wealthiest families in Lucca. The architect Filippo Juvarra was commissioned to work on the gardens. The unfurnished interior can also be visited.

Villa Bernardini
This 17th-century villa still houses, in its gardens, a wonderful green theatre that seats 400. The villa has many original and exceptional furnishings; both it and its gardens can be visited.

Villa Grabau
This villa is of significant importance due to the variety of plants and trees present in its gardens, with orange and lemon houses especially designed for storing citrus fruit plants. Both the villa and its gardens can be visited.

Villa Oliva
One of the Renaissance residences of the very wealthy Buonvisi family. Its wonderful gardens can be visited.

Two villas can be visited in a half day tour.
Every villa has an entrance fee.