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Park of Villa Reale

Via della Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy
+39 0583 30108
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Magical place

My husband, sister and I visited yesterday on a Sunday. What a delightful place it is. Parking was... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Jan I
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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Fabulous important garden and peaceful haven

We walked around the garden in stifling heat, making exciting discoveries every few minutes. You... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
TheBeckhams421
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London, United Kingdom
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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 della Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

My husband, sister and I visited yesterday on a Sunday. What a delightful place it is. Parking was free (such a pleasant change from English attractions!). The gardens have been meticulously restored to such a high standard - every corner has a beautiful surprise -...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much Jan for sharing your beautiful experience! It is such a pleasure to read it - hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We walked around the garden in stifling heat, making exciting discoveries every few minutes. You are made very welcome by a friendly English-speaking girl who gave us good advice on where to go for lunch afterwards. Beautiful views steal up on you. The buildings are...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your compliments!! We are very happy that the gardens gave you exciting discoveries!! See you in a year to experience the interiors too!!

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Plan three hours for a visit. Park your car inone of the free parking lots. At the main entrance you will get your ticket. The park is second to none. Paganini and Salvator Dali were frequent guest in Villa Reale. Lately some company bought the...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks Marcus for your review!! Proud to be second to none - looking forward to see you once the restoration of interiors is finished :)

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

About 20 mins drive from Lucca this immaculately maintained Villa and grounds is beautiful for a picnic. The gardens are lovely and a picture opportunity round every corner. Don't know whether you can go inside the Villa but the gardens are worth the trip alone....More

Thank ast1963
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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thanks a lot Ast! We love the idea of welcoming people who want to entirely enjoy the gardens remaining more than the normal 1 hour visit...next time you'll come with your picnic and you could have the chance to visit the villa too (if the...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

The Villa, previously the Home of Napoleons sister is being restored to the highest standard Currently the gardens are open and it is the perfect setting to enjoy a stroll or picnic ( currently there is no cafe) The scale of the various palace buildings...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you so much John! We are incredibly pleased reading your review!!

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Il parco è magnifico, e si nota l'enorme sforzo di recupero e conservazione. Considerando che si tratta di un'iniziativa privata, complimenti alla proprietà per la grandiosa missione. Torneremo certamente, con la speranza di poter visitare un giorno anche gli edifici. The park is really magnificent,...More

Thank Valentina B
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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018
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Valentina, grazie mille per il sostegno!! Ti aspettiamo per l'apertura della villa allora!!

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Villa Reale was truly magnificent. My friend and I spent two glorious hours strolling around the amazing gardens then followed it with a superb lunch at La Bottega Sulla Fraga which is about a 4 min walk from Villa Reale. We took the 59 Bus...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you very much Croumbie - you got here by bus and enjoyed the gardens and the Tuscan food - we are pleased you spent two "glorious hours" !!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We returned to visit the gardens of Villa Reale in spring this time. The camelia's were in full bloom, much restoration work has been done on the historic buildings within the gardens. The gardens themselves were excellent, fresh in spring bloom, offering great photo opportunities,along...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thank you David! It was a pleasure to welcome you and your wife again!! You saw the renovation grow year after year and we are happy to see you soon in summer! Looking forward!

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

When Elisa Bonaparte arrived to take up her role as Grand Duchess of Tuscany she gained income from the marble mines of Carrara and spent much time and money rearranging the centre of the City of Lucca to a French style which suited her own...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you Penny for your review! The renovation works went significantly forward and there will be a completely renovated entrance too from March! The park has been under restoration in order to host cultural events and to let the gardens be more and more enjoyable...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I visited three gardens close to Lucca and this was one of the more interesting ones. Elisa- the sister of Napolean Bonaparte- was a complete live wire who was a social and educational reformer and a woman prone to infidelities. This garden originated in the...More

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VillaRealediMarlia, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Park of Villa Reale, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Thanks a lot DrLindsay for your historical anedoctes! We hope to be able to welcome you in the neoclassical Villa (Villa Reale) when the restoration work (or labor of love) will be finished in the building too!!

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Jan I
7 July 2018|
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Response from VillaRealediMarlia | Property representative |
Hi Jan, yes we are open daily 10am - 6pm (closed only from 7th till 13th August 2018 for a private event)!
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Karen C
7 June 2018|
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Hi! Tickets cost 9€ per adult, reduction for over65 and under 18 is 7€, children till 13 enter for free :) See you soon!
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brownsgirl44
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Hi!! On Sunday you can reach us only by taxi but during the week you can take the bus 59 (it stops frequently among the walls of Lucca) and it will bring you directly in front of the entrance. To get back to Lucca, always... More
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