Villas and Gardens in Tuscany

The countryside north of Lucca is dotted with hisoric villas and beautiful formal italian gardens, a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area.

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Villa Torrigiani

Villas and Gardens
Villa Torrigiani dates from the second half of the 16th century although its facade was reworked in the baroque style of the 17th. The villa has many other beautiful features including elliptical staircase, private theatre, sumptuous gardens

Villa Mansi

Villas and Gardens
The Villa Mansi with its extensive baroque gardens are certainly one of the most magnificent estates in Tuscany, the extravagant exterior is matched by the lavish interiors with gilded ornament, frescos and neoclassical paintings.

Villa Reale di Marlia

Villas and Gardens
The Villa di Marlia was gioven the title Royal when it became the main residence for Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte. The beautiful building is surrounded by equally beautiful gardens remodelled by Napoleon's sister in the then popular English style, it still retains its classical uper gardens with pools, ponds and open air theatre
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Villa Grabau

Villas and Gardens
Set in over 9 hectares of parkland and gardens this historic villa near Lucca is a wonderful example of 19th century neo classical architecture, richly furnished with antiques of the period. The gardens have many rare species, an impressive box tree theatre, sculptures and fountains and a purpose built lemon house with 100 lemon trees
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Botanical Gardens Lucca

Villas and Gardens
Established by the duchess of Parma in 1820 the botanical gardens are now operated by the City and contain a variety of specimen trees in the arboretum, ponds and smaller planting of botanical interest as well as glasshouses, botanical school and herbarium