Villa Ada a Bagni di Lucca

Villa Ada in Bagni di Lucca

Villa Ada in Bagni di Lucca is the result of a 19th century intervention on a late renaissance structure

Bagni di Lucca

It has an irregular plan as more buildings were added to its structure over the course of time. The two high, hexagonal towers, which give the villa its characteristic appearance, were added in the 1800s.
A wide portico opens at the base of the central hexagonal tower, while on the upper floors, there are balconies with arched window-doors. The windows, decorated with grey stone cornices, are arranged in regular intervals on the façade, which is ochre in colour. The entrance to the villa, with its great glass windows, the stairs and marble floors, is the most magnificent part of the building.
The large garden is romantic style. The long avenue which gives access to the villa, unwinds into a wood where particular garden furnishings were realised. In addition to the artificial grottos in calcareous stone, there still remains traces of the arbours i.e. architectural structures entirely composed of laurel plants, which formed a roof of branches and leaves over some stone chairs. The garden paths had interesting wrought iron railings, which reproduced shapes of entwined branches. Some pieces still remain in a zone of the lower part of the park which is accessed with difficulty. A terrace is accessed by way of the villa, which looks out onto a noteworthy panorama of the valley. From here, a footpath leads to a pergola which then continues onto a dark, artificial grotto on a route whose aim it was to offer the visitor the emotions given by different picturesque views.
Source: Lucca and its lands /

Bagni di Lucca
An elegant health spa that is famous all over Europe
The hot spring waters of Bagni di Lucca, which probably date back to Roman times, became famous as early as the twelfth century in the days of the Countess Matilde di Canossa. Bagni di Lucca went on to become one of the most important health spas in Europe, constituting an elite spot for European tourism long before popular Mediterranean beach resorts took over the limelight from this corner ...