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Villa Reale

Via Fraga Alta | Marlia, 55100 Lucca, Italy
39-583-30108
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Ranked #18 of 38 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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Louveciennes, France
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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202 reviews 202 reviews
106 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Oxford
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18 reviews 18 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I don't understand some of the reviews of this wonderful place. We found it beautiful with amazing views, atmospheric folllies and a magical outdoor "theatre". Don't expect Kew like planting but do expect a glimpse of grand slightly fading past.

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Twickenham
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

For those who like gardens, the villas Reale, Grabau fans Oliva make a pleasant afternoon. Take your own refreshments,though.

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Victoria Australia
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118 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

As part of our Tauck culturious tour in October we wandered through olive groves and to this Royal Villa with our guide. It has always been a residence for noble families were were told and the layout of the gardens is just beautiful. Part of the garden inludes an open air theatre and as you stand there in the beautifully... More

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Bagni Di Lucca, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have visited Villa Reale twice now and it's quite fantastic how different the gardens look in different seasons. It is a shame that the house is no longer lived in, or even looked after, but the gardens and other buildings take a good couple of hours to see and the grottoes are certainly worth a longer look. The 7euro... More

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Interesting story and beautiful gardens. A stunning place that our tour guide Wanda took us to. We were not able to access the house but the gardens were lovely. We paid about 6 euro to gain entry and spent a couple of hours learning the history and walking the grounds. The sun shone and all looked perfect but you can... More

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