Villa Reale Review
Eight kilometers (5 mi) north of Lucca in Marlia, this villa was once the home of Napoléon's sister, Princess Elisa. Restored by the Counts Pecci-Blunt, the estate is celebrated for its spectacular gardens, laid out in the 16th century and redone in the middle of the 17th. Gardening buffs adore the legendary teatro di verdura, a theater carved out of hedges and topiaries; concerts are occasionally held here. During the summer, concerts are held in the gardens of other famous Lucca villas as well. Contact the Lucca tourist office (0583/91991) for details.
- Address: North of Lucca along river Serchio, in direction of Barga and Bagni di Lucca, Marlia, 55014
- Phone: 0583/30108
- Cost: €7
- Hours: Guided visits: Mar.–Nov., Tues.–Sun. at 10, 11, noon, 3, 4, and 5
- Location: Lucca