Villa Massei a Massa Macinaia

Villa Massei in Massa Macinaia

The edifice of Villa Massei in Massa Macinaia dates back to the 17th century and is an example of those country residences linked to agricultural production


Such villas were widely spread around the hills surrounding Lucca, notably modifying the landscape. The edifice is built on a hillside and therefore has three floors facing downhill and two facing uphill given the sloping of the land. There is a portico with five arches on the façade facing uphill, forming an area linking the building to the garden. This is a very important and frequent characteristic of the Lucchese villas. The garden is very interesting for its variety of essences and for their architectonic disposition. There is also a little nymphaeum in the garden. An Italian style garden, comprising 16 flower beds with low geometric hedge borders has been planted recently.
Source: Lucca and its lands /

Forts, castles, medieval towers combine with Renaissance villas and refined architecture
The vast area of the city of Caponnori runs from the Pizzorne, Pisan mountains, theLucca plain and the area formed by the reclamation of Lake Bientina. The high ground around Lucca boasts numerous fortresses, castles and medieval towers alongside Renaissance villas and other elegant and refined buildings. ...