These twin houses, twin buildings, in Napoleonic style, were constructed at the behest of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi by the architect Giovanni Lazzarini, and form the elegant 19th century entrance of the Gardens of Villa Reale. At the time they were built, one building provided lodgings for the custodians, the other for Elisa’s bodyguards. A semi-circular courtyard was created in front of them, outlined by curved hedges and adorned with large neoclassical vases in white marble. These accommodated vibrant bursts of flowers. Today, they house the reception of the Gardens of Villa Reale, and a room where books about the history of the Villa and the local area are available to browse.