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“Tapestry and trompe l'oeil”

Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Ranked #18 of 119 things to do in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This palazzo sits on a quiet street in Lucca near the Puccini casa and San Michele. It is a marvel of art in the tromp l'oeil style. The bedroom and anti rooms of tapestries may have caused the original purchaser to go broke but you have to give him credit for a sense of style. Free for seniors and worth repeat visits.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was a surprise. An amazingly ornate and debated "home" in the opulent style of Versailles but a little smaller. Owned the sister of Napoleons. It also as a grande art collection. You won't be disappointed

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

This place was suggested to me by the local tourist center as it was a free admission day. And even though I stayed in Lucca for quite a while and it was only 2 blocks from my apartment, I wouldn't have found it on my own. It is down a quiet side street and there is nothing remarkable about the outside. It looks like any other residential area.

But once you step inside you are in for a treat. It was not sold to the city until 1966, so it is a family palace that has hundreds of years of antiquities and charm still about it. It is almost like a time capsule and provides a glimpse into the lives of a wealthy merchant family in Lucca. I have never seen so many rooms covered in frescos in one place.

Several rooms are completely hung with handwoven tapestries. And then you come into a spectacular bedroom that must have been an amazing atmosphere in the candlelight a few hundred years ago. Gilt everywhere.

The family's picture gallery is hung with 83 paintings by Italian and Flemish painters - but are not the family's original collection. Still some very fine art to see. And the second floor has more galleries of sculptures and art from later centuries. I found the entire place fascinating and truly a hidden gem in Lucca.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

This was our favourite palace of the 3 we visited in Lucca. It has beautiful rooms and some amazing art. There is so much in here, the average National Trust house pales in comparison! In October it was very quiet and the entrance was free.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

The Palazzo Mansi is a best example of saying "don't judge the book by the cover". The building itself has no such a shocking effect when you hear the word palazzo, it located on a typican Lucca narrow medieval sidestreer and we passed it by a dosen of times. We decided to visit it on the last day when we thought all the main sights have been visited.
What can say now? Many of other Italian palaces seen before pale in comparison. It is not so big but the interiors, stairs, mirrors, chandeliers are in superb condition and astonishing design. Highly recommened!

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