A guide to the must-see villas in the Lucca territory
- Villa Oliva
The building of this Villa was ordered by the Buonvisi Family at the end of the 14th century and realized by Matteo Civitali in the 15th century. Being a residence of two Buonvisi Cardinals, today is a vacation resort, one of the best in Lucca for the fantastic location offered.
The Villa, named Grabau after the last family that owned it, was built in the 17th century. The base of the structure was realized on the top of another home, which dates back even in the 15th century. The Villa include also a 9 hectares uncontaminated botanical park.
Recently restored and again opened to the public, this building is a stunning piece of art, with luminous spaces and wonderful views onto the garden. All the external area of the gardens is decorated with fountains, statues and ponds. All this worth the ticket.
Sometimes called also Villa Camigliano for the small hamlet where it is located, it is a wonderful building surrounded by English style gardens. The well cared external area is beautiful, but the must see things are inside it. The decorated period furniture will leave you without words.
With stunning and in some case extremely rare variety of plants his garden is a spectacular must see place. Most of the rarely plants reflect the passion of Marchese Antonio Mazzarosa, who in the 19th century gave a new look to the park.
This Villa is a museum, typical example of a country villa built between 15th and 18th century. It is one of the few remained with a lot of elements related to the past. Over that a lovely place to visit is also a stunning location for every special occasion.
- Villa Garzoni
Located between Lucca and Pistoia is known especially for its beautiful gardens, one of the best in Italy. Inside the green there are traditional water games, statues and artificial caves. A must see itinerary with the Pinocchio park and the Butterfly garden.