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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.

    Contact Information

  • 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
Updated: 12-04-2013

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