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Villa Reale

Via Fraga Alta | Marlia, 55100 Lucca, Italy
39-583-30108
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Ranked #17 of 41 Attractions in Lucca
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Activities: Wine tasting, Viewing foliage
Owner description: Created by Napoleon's sister, Elisa Baciocchi, this splendid villa with its 17th-century gardens has always been the residence of noble families and... more » Owner description: Created by Napoleon's sister, Elisa Baciocchi, this splendid villa with its 17th-century gardens has always been the residence of noble families and great patrons of art. « less
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Firstly, let me say that I can understand that the Villa Reale is a quiet, peaceful retreat if you've had the morning in, say, the piazza di miricoli in Pisa being trampled by hordes of Taiwanese tourists following a guide holding a plastic sunflower, but as a garden it doesn't really cut it. For a start there has been hardly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Firstly, do NOT go by TripAdvisor's location and directions. It's a good 2.5km from where it directs you. Head to the junction of Via Fraga Alta and Via Della Ville. It was not at all obvious to us. The grounds of Villa Reale are beautiful and well worth a visit. You park up outside the gate and ring on the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Villa Reale is beautiful and should not be missed. The grounds are huge. The various individual gardens are an absolute delight. There's a number of buildings on the grounds (including the villa) but they're either not open or dilapidated. The grounds however, are well kept and cared for. Overseas visitors need to be aware of the quirks of being in... More

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Anyós, Ordino, Andorra
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited this villa and grounds in late May and were completely knocked out by the beauty and tranquility of the grounds. After a day visiting Florence this was the perfect antidote as we were almost the only people there. The grounds are not in perfect condition but the sheer size and simplicity of the grounds are really stunning. I... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

I was hoping to see more flowers and roses, but all I found was some healthy and in full bloom pierre de ronsard roses in the lemoni garden. The most outstanding thing for me was these clipped magnolia grandiflora trees prunec into a christmas tree shape, and probably by june they will be in full flower..sorry I missed it. The... More

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Louveciennes, France
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

What's left of the house seems rather in poor shape but this may be due to the early season when it is not lived in. The garden is extraordinary, though, the trees are so varied, the lawns kept like English velvet, fountains, statues, grotesques, surprises behind bushes; it is a delight. Everything seemed closed but a gardian, summoned by our... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Bonaparte's sister owned this estate, which can be reached by a short drive or short taxi ride from Lucca. There are interesting building exteriors but with nothing to see inside the buildings. The grounds are beautiful and a walk around the pond and the estate gardens in the spring or fall is a first-rate experience. This is one of Lucca's... More

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Uk
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40 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We had been aiming to visit the gardens for many years, and at last we were in the area at the right time. When you approach the villa it appears to be closed, but when you realise that you have to ring the bell to get a ticket to enter all is well! We spent about 2 hours wandering around... More

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Stourbridge
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We have visited these gardens twice in the last two years. They are really beautiful and natural with so many different aspects including water features, lakes, fountains, lemon groves and even a theatre created from shrubbery. Fascinating way to spend a couple of hours on a hot and sunny afternoon, appreciating garden design that has stood the test of time.... More

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Frimley Green, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This garden is a treat not to be missed. It would take days to explore properly, but in the afternoon we spent there, we managed a fairly good attempt to see as much as possible. There is something for everyone - wide expanses of formal parkland, tree lined avenues, statues, hidden summer houses and an ancient 16th century grotto. There... More

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