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Park of Villa Reale

Via Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy
+39 0583 30108
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Gardens of villa reale

First time we have visited, since 29 years ago. Gardens were amazing, totally different and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
david_marshall30
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Spectacular, hidden away spot

These gardens are simply magnificent - classic ponds with swans, a theatre made of yew, majestic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gorevidal54
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New York City, New York
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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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Via Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank david_marshall30
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Gorevidal54
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed April 20, 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 April 27, 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 April 16, 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

Thank Staci125
VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

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

Reviewed April 12, 2017

What an outstanding experience. This park is filled with locals and tourists who are taking pictures of the gardens and walking the grounds. The park is a lake which is located at the end of t he property near a gazebo. Very breathtaking. The park...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2017

Thank you so much! The park is rich in gardens and every edge hides a surprise; we are happy you experienced it too. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Relaxing walk in a beautiful garden. We went with our 2 year old daughter. Note that the villa is currently closed for renovations.

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are planning to work hard during winter to go on with the renovations inside for a future opening, hope to see you soon!

Reviewed September 24, 2016

Beautiful grounds with various gardens and a lake and sloping lawns, an outdoor theater. Well worth the visit. (Note that the buildings are not open at this time for visiting )

Thank WorldTravelbuff
VillaRealediMarlia, Public Relations Manager at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2016

Thank you very much!Hope to welcome you again!

Reviewed September 12, 2016

No building to go into, but the grounds are expansive and there are some great surprises worth seeing. Consider it a park with gardens and a bit of history and you will enjoy it. We had a guide to provide history which made it that...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2016

Thank you Donna for sharing your experience! We are working hard to open also the Villa as a museum: we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed September 4, 2016

Me and my friend had an amazing visit to the park of Villa Reale, even though the rain was pouring! The service we hot from Michaela Fovana was extraordinary!More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2016
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Tack Emma för dina entusiastiska ord! Vi hoppas att vi snart får nöjet att välkomna er igen; förhoppningsvis med såväl...More

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