From Montaigne to Gualdo Priorato and Georg Christoph Martini, the image of Lucca is closely bound up with the territory: a serene and opulent city “girdled on all sides by a theatre of hills, most agreeable for the abundance of Delightful and Sumptuous Villas that are to be seen, with Magnificent Palaces, Charming Gardens and other conveniences wonderfully transplanted for the delectation of the Nobility,” wrote Gualdo Priorato.
Montaigne had already noted similar impressions in his Voyage en Italie, remarking on the landscape dimension of the Lucca villas. Between the 15th and the 19th century, in the agricultural areas of the territory of the “six Miles” a network of over 500 residences belonging to the Lucca nobility developed. The villas are a symbol of the affirmation of the Lucca aristocracy which invested in agriculture, consolidating its status with landed property and noble titles.
In a half day tour, we suggest the visit of two among the most beautiful villas at your choice among: Villa Bernadini, Villa Grabau, Villa Oliva, Villa Reale, Villa Torrigiani. For any further info, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you with every detail so to built your perfect itinerary.