The Water Theatre constitutes part of the gardens’ 17th century architecture. The plants’ colours and gushing roar of fountains create a beautiful, natural spectacle.
The Theatre is formed of a large semicircular pool surrounded by rushing waterfalls, which pour from five large masks. These are fed by an impressive waterfall at the back of the Theatre, which has been cut out of the rock and is made from stones, limestone concretions and plants. Two sculptures rise from the top: the panther and the lion, symbols of the city of Lucca. The architecture of the Theatre is enclosed and unified within the curved line of the hedges, representing a performance on a stage embellished with rocks, vases and niches hollowed out of the greenery. These niches accommodate the statues of Jupiter, Saturn, Adonis, and Pomona, who overlook the scene.
Begonias climb around the edges of the pool, their red and orange flowers bringing colour to the Theatre.