A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE, this villa is nestled within 10 acres of a private walled park and woods. Prepare to captivate your guests with its breathtaking terrace, meticulously manicured gardens, charming chapel, and an array of versatile spaces. Built in the early 1500s, on a design by Nicolao Civitali to welcome Kings, Popes and Emperors visiting the Republic of Lucca. During the 17th century the entire first floor was decorated with a series of baroque frescoes that are still in existence in their original form and extremely well preserved. The north-facing loggia is equally beautifully frescoed, from the same period. The Villa is surrounded by four hectares of beautifully walled private grounds, combining the delights of Tuscan garden landscaping, elegantly complimented with the allure of a classic Romantic English garden. The lawned grounds directly outside the Villa offer wonderful opportunity for aperitifs, or even a full outdoors dining experience.
The ground floor of the villa invites you into a captivating realm adorned with mythological beings, playful shepherds, and classical gods. The magnificent ballroom itself can accommodate a maximum of 120 individuals, all beneath its impressive 16-metre high vaulted ceiling embellished with stunning frescoes. On the same floor, there is a second spacious reception room that boasts a large terrace, offering a stunning view of the front of the house and the beautiful gardens that stretch beyond. Additionally, there are four more reception rooms that can be accessed from the main areas, providing ample space for various activities. Each of these rooms is adorned with exquisite baroque frescoes that extend from the walls to the ceiling, creating a truly captivating atmosphere. Moving to the ground floor, you will find the Imperial Portraits hall, which opens up to a charming loggia that spans an impressive 25 metres in length. This loggia is adorned with enchanting pink and gold baroque frescoes, adding a touch of elegance to the space. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the park and the picturesque lotus pond that lies beyond. The vast lawns at the front and to the side of the Villa provide a perfect setting for aperitifs or al fresco dining, while the entire park is available for romantic promenades and photographs.
A few steps for the main villa, within the walled garden, the Bed and Breakfast la Palazzina Gotica occupies a hunting lodge built around 1300. It offers 4 double rooms, two with ensuite full bathrooms, plus one shared full bathroom, a private terrace overlooking the garden and its water lily lake, a communal room and a vast kitchen where the owners prepare a delicious breakfast every morning. The Palazzina and the barn share access to a private indoor swimming pool occupying the old orangerie, a charming outdoor lounging area and a private bar by arrangement.
Up to 300 guests can easily be accommodated for your special day. Quote, Reference 4489.