Lucca’s Villas

The very elegant noble villas are at only a few minutes from Lucca, basking in the verdant countryside among olive groves and vineyards. They were not only the summer residences of the noble families but were also representative of a certain status as can be seen from their beautiful architecture and lavish interior 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 favourite
residence. We can visit the park and its splendid gardens in the midst of which is the very original green “verzura ” open-air theatre, where the famous violinist Paganini performed.

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 be visited.

Villa Bernardini
It is the only 17th century villa which still houses in its gardens a wonderful green theatre that seats 400. The villa has some very fine and original furnishings. Both the villa and its gardens can be visited.

Villa Grabau
It’s an important villa for the variety of gardens present on its grounds, with orange and lemon houses especially designed for storing citrus fruit. Both the villa and its gardens can be visited.
Villa Oliva
One of the Renaissance residences of the very wealthy Buonvisi family. The wonderful gardens can also be visited.

Two villas can be visited in half a day
There is an admission fee to all the villas