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Address: Via Fraga Alta 2 | Loc. Marlia, 55100, Capannori, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0583 30108
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The 17th century Villa Reale di Marlia lies in the heart of Tuscany, near...

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.

Two itineraries, Water and Architecture, create a circular route around the Villa, monuments and gardens, inviting you to discover beautiful works of art and breathtaking views.

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Must have been amazing in its hay-day

We really enjoyed our visit to the Villa Reale gardens, a lovely quiet and relaxing oasis. Apart from a few workmen around the main Villa, we only saw one other couple. Lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Steve W
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to the Villa Reale gardens, a lovely quiet and relaxing oasis. Apart from a few workmen around the main Villa, we only saw one other couple. Lots of different gardens to be found and explored around the estate. It was probably a bit late in the year to see them at their best, but still... More 

Thank Steve W
New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

This was such a pleasant surprise. The place is gorgeous, well kept. The hundreds of varieties of lemon trees in the pots were so unusual and lovely. Most of the fountains were operating. The place was nearly empty which added to the serenity.

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We visited Villa Reale - just the gardens, as the villa itself is not currently open to the public - on a Tuesday and were the only people in the gardens apart from a few workers. It was such a treat to enjoy the quiet after the hustle bustle of Lucca and other places such as Vernazza in Cinque Terre.... More 

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This villa gave a couple of hours of pleasant wandering in gardens with ponds, 'theatres', grottoes and buildings. It will be an even better attraction when they complete the restoration of the villa itself.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Villa Reale has a long history and has been associated with Victor Emmanuel and Napoleon III. But when you go there, you'll most likely find the grounds deserted. We had the whole park, its magnificent patios and gardens and resting spots all for us, so quiet, such a good time. Do not miss it!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is a really lovely garden, the most interesting of all the villa gardens we visited in the area. The villa itself isn't open to the public at the moment, although we were told it was being restored, starting at the end of the year, and the gardens are being restored first, i.e. now. These, and the many sculptural fountains,... More 

2 Thank IsaCB
VillaRealediMarlia, Direttore at Villa Reale, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Visit the royal villas of Lucca is like traveling to another time. The beautiful Italian garden leaves you breathless at first for its size, then the unexpected beauty of some of its small hidden corners. The small open-air theater is incredibly romantic (you have to bring there your partner....). The lemon garden seems a corner of the Orient. The cave... More 

Thank AlNeCordier
VillaRealediMarlia, Direttore at Villa Reale, responded to this review

Dear AlNeCordi, Thank you for your kind review. Happy to hear that the Gardens of Villa Reale inspire and evoke such beautiful emotions, we are looking forward to seeing you again. More 

Zeist, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Villa Reale is one of the multiple villas and gardens around Lucca. At this place you can only visit the garden, the villa and other buildings are not open. The place has an interesting story, as it once belonged to Napoleon´s sister. And it definitely has some nice places, the water features and the natural theater are pretty. But overall... More 

Thank TCuperus
VillaRealediMarlia, Direttore at Villa Reale, responded to this review

Dear TCuperus, We are sorry to learn that your experience with us was not to your satisfaction. We are working hard to bring Villa Reale and its grounds to the splendor of the past, but in order to respect the historic values of the property, this is a process that is going to take several years. We would like to... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We spent a wonderful morning meandering the paths of the beautiful Parco Reale. It is a picturesque setting with many interesting features. Even though the villa and some of the associated buildings are in need of restoration, their current state adds character to the setting. There is a marvellous outdoor theatre that is created from trees - the back stage... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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323 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Villa Reale is located on the outskirts of Lucca and is a massive estate with great walking areas, large pond, and gardens. It was formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister. It has recently been sold and renovations to the principal villa and related buildings is already under way. Whether the new owner will continue to provide access to the... More 

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