h. 10:00, 5 june 2022 - h. 17:00, 5 june 2022
In 1806 the Princess of Lucca and Piombino, Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte, Napoleon’s eldest sister, bought the Orsetti’s country
The pleasures of Elisa’s summer: a great international historical reenactment at Villa Reale.
In 1806 the Princess of Lucca and Piombino, Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte, Napoleon’s eldest sister, bought the Orsetti’s country villa in Marlia and had the gardens and villa transformed into her royal summer residence.
We invite you to visit the Villa Reale and its Park as it was in 1810 when Elisa, now the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, spent the summer there with a group of talented guests to keep her and her family company.
Turn back the clock and meet Elisa and her husband, Felix Baciocchi and their young daughter Elisa Napoléone and 100 historical re-enactors from around the world, dressed in Napoleonic attire from 1810, performing, historically informing and enjoying the magnificent park and the newly restored Villa Reale. Marlia will ring with the music and laughter of 200 years ago when it was an oasis of pleasure and calm during the hot Tuscan summers.
Hear Paganini play magnificently as he did that summer, attend a theatre rehearsal of “The Triumph of Love” by Pierre de Marivaux in the Green Theatre, discover the water games in Pan’s Grotto, marvel at the Tableaux Vivant throughout the Villa with Elisa and her ladies in waiting and other members of her court as they gamble and play cards and heatedly discuss the politics of the times. You can watch the 113th line infantry regiment training, watch a rehearsal of new choreography led by Elisa’s Dance Master, visit the archery lessons and fencing demonstrations in the park and play Blind Man’s Bluff on the lawn. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park (at an extra cost) and follow the guided tour of the perfumed trees and plants planted by Elisa and later introduced into gardens all over Tuscany.
The Day’s Programme
The 100 historical re-enactors will arrive at 10am. The re-enactors will all be dressed in Napoleonic clothes from 1810. They will divide into 4 groups that will rotate during the day. The military re-enactors (10 soldiers and 2 officers) will train during the day in various locations around the Park.
From 1pm to 2.30pm all re-enactors will have lunch seated on the grass under the trees near the lake. For the rest of the day they will perform the following tableaux vivants:
Group 1 (25 re-enactors) – Tableaux Vivants inside the Villa.
a) Dressing Elisa in the bedroom upstairs, with her ladies-in-waiting
b) Playing cards and gambling in the games room
c) Music and dancing in the ball-room including Paganini and Elisa’s Dance Master (detailed program to be printed)
Group 2 (10 re-enactors) – Green Theatre performances (detailed program to be printed)
a) Performance of excerpts from Phèdre by Racine (in French) as performed in 1810
b) Rehearsal of Marivaux’s Triumph of Love, in English
c) Trio and soprano recitals with music from the time
Group 3 (20 re-enactors) – Perfumed Tour with guide and strolls around the Park
Group 4 (35 re-enactors) – Events around the Park
a) Archery lessons
b) Fencing lessons
c) Water games in Pan’s Grotto
d) Carriage rides
e) Blind Man’s Bluff and other games in the gardens
f) Painting the gardens
NB – Please note that the general public is asked to not wear costumes on the day. Photos are permitted in the park but not inside the Villa Reale itself.