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Villa Reale

Address: Via Fraga Alta 2 | Loc. Marlia, 55100 Capannori, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0583 30108
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Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Capannori
Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Wine tasting, Viewing foliage
Owner description: Created by Napoleon's sister, Elisa Baciocchi, this splendid villa with its 17th-century gardens...
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Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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 great patrons of art.

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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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322 reviews 322 reviews
164 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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164 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
56 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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