The ‘twin’ entrance buildings at Villa Reale were built by the architect Giovanni Lazzarini at the behest of Elisa Baciocchi. At that time, they provided accommodation for Elisa’s guards. Today they constitute the main visitor entrance to the historic Villa.
Features of the Entrance Buildings
The two Palladian constructions are characterized by their harmonious proportions, elegant symmetry and simplicity. The main façades feature particularly accentuated colouring, which stands out along with the other architectural features created in Matraia and porous varieties of stone.
Restoration work to the entrance buildings, today used as the main reception area for visitors, was completed in 2018 and included the whole entrance area to the Villa and Park.
The semi-circular courtyard in front of these buildings is outlined by evergreen hedges and adorned with neoclassical vases atop imposing Carrara marble columns. Passing through the original wrought iron gates, your visit to the Park of Villa Reale begins.