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Villa Reale Marlia

From Collodi to Marlia: Villas of the Pizzorne

A trail that takes in panoramic views and examples of historic architecture

First stage
From Villa Garzoni to Villa Mansi
Villa Mansi
Villa Mansi - Credit: Jen D

A possible itinerary for the villas of the Pizzorne could start with a visit to the park surrounding Villa Garzoni in Collodi.

From here, take the small but scenic road that leads to San Gennaro. From San Gennaro, continue toward Petrognano and, passing through Tofori, you'll reach Camigliano, where you can visit Villa Torrigiani, which is today called Colonna. It's one of the most majestic villas in Lucca and its surrounding areas.

From Camigliano, continue for Segromigno in Monte and visit another great example of 17th-century architecture: Villa Mansi.

Second stage
From Villa Reale to Villa Diodati
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From Segromigno, pass through San Colombano until you reach Villa Reale in Marlia, the 1800s residence of Princess Elisa Baciocchi.

From here, continue toward the great villas in San Pancrazio: Villa Grabau, with its very interesting garden, and Villa Oliva, which was the celebrated residence of the Buonvisi family.

Between Villa Reale in Marlia and Villa Grabau, from the road you will see Villa Diodati, a precious example of late-Renaissance architecture, which uses ashlar as a decorative element on the façade.

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