In an area of the park, the original layout from the 1600s has been conserved i.e. its geometrically lined evergreens and the verdure theatre which was established in 1652, the hedges of which having now reached a noteworthy height. The "water theatre" (Teatro d´acqua), situated behind the palace, also belongs to this period. According to Isa Belli Barsali, this work belongs to the same architect who projected the fishing pond and the exedra in the background. The latter is noteworthy for the plan’s dynamism and the architectonic lines, as well as for the wise use of building materials. The effect achieved from the use of rough material such as tufo stone, alongside smooth materials, creates a sort of fusion between the brickwork architecture and the natural one of the hedges. While the evergreen hedges simulate the walls, the manmade brickwork simulates the rocks.
Instead, the palace in its present neoclassic form, dates back to the Napoleonic princedom of the Baciocchi. It presents itself as an impressive, sober, three-floored construction. The main entrance on the downhill facing façade, is realised with three arches surmounted by a baluster with little columns. There is a portico on the rear façade. The interior decoration is of special interest and is particularly well looked after, according to the dictates of the Napoleonic school and architects Fontaine and Percier, which stipulates that the coherence between architectural structure and decoration is of utmost importance.
The great fresco "le Danze delle Ore" by the Lucchese painter Stefano Tofanelli decorating the ceilings in the dance hall, must be remembered. The structure belonging to the Villa del Vescovo which is found inside the garden, can also be visited.
Source: Lucca and its lands / www.luccapro.sns.it