The Villas of Lucca
Searching for ancient houses of prestigious aristocratic families in the fertile valley of Lucca, between vineyards and olive groves.
The majesty of these impressive private dwellings built during the XV and XIX century still dominate Lucca’s hills.
The prestigious families that formed part of the local bourgeois loved to spend the scorching summers outside the Lucca City walls. Therefore, they built their own summer residences in the hillside near the city, where the temperatures were more benevolent, thanks to the countless olive and grape orchards too.
These houses still are true artworks in Lucca, with wide gardens ornamented with statues, impressive parks with fountains and even small ponds. Inside the houses you can appreciate wide rooms with large windows which light up the majestic frescoes that decorate the halls.
A pleasant discovery which allows you to comprehend how the local bourgeois lived amongst luxury and beauty in an unexpected peasant context.