The name of the complex derives from the particular elevated position of the clock, typical of many villas in Tuscany of the same era. The building was constructed by the Orsetti family between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century, on top of a preexisting building belonging to the Buonvisi, in order to create spaces for stables, kitchens and service areas. During Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi’s rule and under the direction of the architect Marchelli, the preexisting building was left intact, with a new Ushaped structure built around it. The new development was connected to the Villa via an underground tunnel, linking them at basement level.
Comparing the historical plans with the current layout, it appears that the 17th century building has not undergone any particular modifications, with the exception of the insertion of a staircase in the east wing, and some changes due to the internal distribution of the rooms. The floor plan has been extended width-ways, and shows a portico and a loggia placed above it on the main façade. When Villa Reale was the property of the Count and Countess Pecci Blunt, some of the ground floor rooms of the Clock House were dedicated to two fascinating collections of dolls and Indian figures, featuring pieces from all over the world, which remain today.