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Park of Villa Reale

Via della Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy
+39 0583 30108
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Interesting garden close to Lucca with lovely water features

I visited three gardens close to Lucca and this was one of the more interesting ones. Elisa- the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DrLIndsay
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New South Wales, Australia
Beautiful and historical garden

Lots of things to explore. Would love to come back after even more restauration. Strolled around... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
xentbrax1
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The 17th century Villa Reale di Marlia lies in the heart of Tuscany, near Lucca, in an exceptional location at the foot of the Pizzorne hills. Home in the 19th century to Napoleon's sister and Duchess of Lucca Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, the Villa is encircled by high walls, seemingly protecting it from the passing of time. Villa Reale is considered to be one of the most important historical properties in Italy. The 16-hectare estate includes numerous refined gardens and botanic rarities, as well as majestic buildings created over centuries. The Park features a splendid Water Theatre, the world famous Green Theatre (where the composer Paganini often performed for Elisa Baciocchi), pathways lined with Camellia flowers, and is enriched by a Lemon Garden with a group of marble statues depicting Leda and the Swan, and a Spanish Garden in Art Deco style. Several historic buildings add to the experience, including the 16th century Villa del Vescovo with its nymphaeum, named the Grotto of Pan, and the elegant 18th century Palazzina dell'Orologio with its panoramic loggia.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited three gardens close to Lucca and this was one of the more interesting ones. Elisa- the sister of Napolean Bonaparte- was a complete live wire who was a social and educational reformer and a woman prone to infidelities. This garden originated in the...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks a lot DrLindsay for your historical anedoctes! We hope to be able to welcome you in the neoclassical Villa (Villa Reale) when the restoration work (or labor of love) will be finished in the building too!!

Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of things to explore. Would love to come back after even more restauration. Strolled around ourselves without guide.

Thank xentbrax1
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are working hard to bring back the antique splendour of the all estate, park and buildings, and the restoration will go on consistently during the winter: we hope to see you next year to see the betterings!

Reviewed 13 October 2017

We stumbled across this wonderful garden almost by accident as we sought some peace after a day in busy Lucca. We had the garden to ourselves and wandered around from one highlight to another: a wonderful vista opening up, a surprise in one of the...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thank you for keeping the promise and for enjoing the park so much!! We are happy to read about your positive experience in the park and thanks again for your help in bringing the park to the attention of a wider public: we really appreciate...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit here in two years and it is exciting to see the progress being made to bring both the extraordinary gardens and villa back. The family responsible for such a mammoth undertaking should be congratulated for such a labor which can...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you very much Deut! Knowing that the effort in the restoration is seen also from an outside point of view, let us feel proud of has been done and encourage us to improve more and more! We are looking forward to hearing your opinion...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Myself and three others spent a lovely afternoon here. Improvements are in progress, and following the mapped route you begin in basic parkland, but upon your return to the entrance-exit, you've been treated to a lakeside reflected view of the villa and grounds, and have...More

Thank Kevin G
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you Kevin for sharing your experience! The variety of gardens of the park includes an "english garden" at the beginning that empower the following features of the property as you kindly mentioned. Hope to see you next time!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

First time we have visited, since 29 years ago. Gardens were amazing, totally different and transformed, a wonderful experience, beautiful water ways and lakes,surrounded by large trees. Fantastic features with beautiful sculptures,art deco swimming pool, water gardens,fountains. Well laid out, excellent sign posting, full of...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Dear David, Many thanks for your kind review. We are thrilled to hear that returning guests can see all the work that we have put into the gardens over the past few years. An extra thank you from the owner (whom you also met –...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

These gardens are simply magnificent - classic ponds with swans, a theatre made of yew, majestic historic house and grounds...

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you Gore! Hope you'll have the chance to come back soon to see how the restoration goes on!

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

If you warnt to get away from the large crowds of the major tourist centers and look for some tranquility: go to Villa Reale! The historical gardens are wonderful and the owners are doing an amazing job renovating the place. A little Versaille Neal Lucca!

Thank Urs S
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you very much Urs! It's a honour to be compared to Versalilles; we hope to welcome you again soon!

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens show off their unique plants and trees. Baroque and Neoclassical architecture shrine the the grounds. Nestled in the Province of Lucca which Napoleons niece rules for eight years. This is very scenic. Although some web sites claim it is in disrepair, it's gorgeous...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Thanks a lot Tom! The rebirth started one year and a half ago and it is really important to let people know that the gardens are going back to their splendour. We are happy you enjoyed the park and we hope to see you when...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This villa is so amazing! So much to see! Definitely worth the 9 Euros to get in. The lady who welcomed us spoke great English and was so nice. The grounds are fantastic. You wish you could snap your fingers and go back in time...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Dear Staci, thank you very much for sharing your experience! Hope to snap fingers and see you soon!

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brownsgirl44
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Response from VillaRealediMarlia | Property representative |
Hi!! On Sunday you can reach us only by taxi but during the week you can take the bus 59 (it stops frequently among the walls of Lucca) and it will bring you directly in front of the entrance. To get back to Lucca, always... More
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