The Park of Villa Reale in Marlia covers an area of 16 hectares and is the result of a complex series of transformations which bear witness to two different periods of architectural construction among the villas in the Lucca area.
One part of the park has preserved the original 17th century layout including hedges, flowerbeds and tall trees; the other has been designed in line with the fashion for English landscaped gardens, with winding pathways, panoramic viewpoints and shady groves.
The gardens have a rich heritage of trees, with superb examples of cedar, pine, oak, holm-oak and plane trees. The lawns, together with shaded underwood areas, embellish the Bishop’s Villa with a unique landscape which changes throughout the course of the day and with the passing of the seasons.
The Park of Villa Reale is famous for its numerous camellias, some of the most beautiful examples in the Lucca area. Together with the municipalities of Capannori, Lucca and the ‘Borgo delle Camelie’ (formed by the municipalities of Pieve di Compito and Sant’Andrea di Compito), the Villa is one of the locations hosting the Lucca Historic Camellia Exhibition.
The Gardens of Villa Reale
The map shows the gardens inside the park. You can learn more by exploring the map or by entering the section with the button below!
The Architecture of Villa Reale
The map shows the architectures and buildings inside the park. You can learn more by exploring the map or by entering the section with the button below!
The Scents and Sensations Trail
On the map you will find the various types of plants and flowers that are part of the Scents and Sensations Trail inside the Park. You can learn more by exploring the map or by entering the section with the button below!
You can experience the Park of Villa Reale in Marlia via your sense of smell! The route focuses on the scented flowers and plants characteristic of the gardens – such as the exceptional Camellias, which bring visitors to the Villa on the occasion of the local Historic Camellia Exhibition.
The route offers an original way to experience the fragrances and perfumes of the palaces of Lucca in the era of Elisa Bonaparte and the Bourbons.