A sumptuous palace outside the walls of Lucca, for the worthwhile discovery of the city's surroundings.
The restored park of Villa Reale at the time of the principality was the seat of Elisa's court. In 1806, the Princess of Lucca and Piombino, Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte (Napoleon's elder sister) bought the Orsetti country villa in Marlia and had the gardens and villa transformed into her royal summer residence. An important restoration that's still in progress has restored the Villa and the park's magnificence, small hameau in the Lucca countryside. The blooms blossom throughout the summer, foliage marks the arrival winter: every moment is ideal for a walk in the park's avenues or to visit the interiors of the villa, or the clock house with its large dollhouses and the oldest Nymphaeum in Lucca.
Every year (excepting this current year, the next event will be in 2022) Villa Reale hosts a wonderful historical reenactment of the Napoleonic era. It's a jump back in time to Villa Reale as it was in 1810 when Elisa, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, spent the summer there with a group of talented guests. More than 100 historical reenactors from all over the world come to carry out water games, card games, theater rehearsals, tableaux vivantes and lots of entertainment.