The idea of creating a lake had already been conceived of in Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi’s time, and was one of the first projects that the Pecci-Blunt family entrusted to the architect Jacques Greber in 1924. Greber wanted to enhance his design with a picturesque, teardrop-shaped island at the point of the divergence of currents from the two streams which flow into the lake. The architect decided to place the lake at the south end of the estate, where cedar, oak, pine, holm-oak and plane trees could surround it, enhancing the existing landscape.
Unfortunately, a terrible storm hit the Lucca and Versilia area on the 5th of March 2015, and the park suffered considerable damage. Many centuries-old trees were uprooted, particularly around the lake. The new owners of the estate replanted these same trees over the following months, with the intention of recreating the woodlands of previous generations. Luckily, three magnificent statues of Vulcan, Hercules and Demeter managed to resist the winds and still overlook the smooth mirror of the water which reflects the elegant façade of Villa Reale.
The lake also has an important practical function. In the hotter months, the Fraga torrent dries up and an innovative pump system springs into action. It brings water from the lake to the Water Theatre, which is right on the other side of the park. The water feeds the fountains and then flows back down towards the lake via a complex system of channels located under the lawned areas of the park.