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The Villa Reale di Marlia and the Borgo delle Camelie

For a day of March between the colors of the history and nature

In the heart of Tuscany, in Lucca, is one of the most important historical houses of Italy, the Villa Reale di Marlia (17th century).

In the 19th century thhe building was the residence of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, sister of Napoleon and Princess of Lucca. In the second half of the 19th century, the historical residence passed into the hands of the Kingdom of Italy and became the property of Vittorio Emanuele II, who decided to transfer it to Penelope Carolina, widow of Carlo di Borbone.

It was in 1923 that woods, streams and a lake were created in the park, at the behest of the Count and the Countess Pecci-Blunt who bought the property.

Surrounded by high walls, spans an area of 16 hectares and includes numerous and refined gardens with botanical rarities. The Park is crossed by the famous avenues of the camellias and houses two Theatres, that of dell'Acqua and Verzura, where often performed for Elisa the famous violinist Niccolò Paganini.

To these are added the Giardino dei Limoni, with the marble group of Leda and the Swan, and the Spanish garden  with deco taste.

Always within the Park are the Villa del Vescovo (16th century), adjacent to the Nymphaeum called "Cave of Pan", and the elegant clockhouse with panoramic loggia (18th century).

In the month of March it's worth visiting the Park of the villa, which preserves the original 17th century with hedges, flower beds and trees, and the other is drawn according to the fashion of English garden with paths, points scenic and shady groves. Rich is also the trees, with large specimens of abies, quercus palustris, pines, Oaks and plane trees.


The camellias of Lucchesia


Nearby is worth a visit the  "Borgo delle camelie" composed of two small villages, Pieve e Sant'Andrea di Compito. The town walls are topped by tall trees of Camellia whose bright colors accompany you for the climbs and descents of the village.

Here you can go and admire il Camelieto in which there are about a thousand species of camellias, a truly impressive forest of flowers, visited by appointment.

Between 1 March and 7 April 2019 you can finally take advantage of the promotion to visit the exhibition of the Camellias of Sant'Andrea di Compito + a visit to the park of Villa Reale? at the price of €13 per person.


More info on the site of Villa Reale di Marlia.



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