If you are a travel agent looking for a unique and fascinating destination off the beaten track in Tuscany, look no further…the Park of Villa Reale is the perfect place to enjoy a unique tourist experience.
The estate has undergone extensive restoration work thanks to Henric and Marina Grönberg, returning the park and the buildings to their former glory. Download a brief presentation of the park here:
Itineraries and Promotions for Groups
The Park of Villa Reale is an impressive destination for visitors of all ages, whether in small or larger groups. The Park extends over 16 hectares and is unique for its wide variety of gardens and architecture within its walls – gems are to be discovered around every corner, with constantly varying, breath taking views.
We have created tailor-made itineraries for groups visiting the park, for an unforgettable experience:
March 2022: Lucca Historic Camellia Exhibition
On the occasion of the Lucca Historic Camellia Exhibition at Sant’Andrea di Compito (in the province of Lucca), the park of Villa Reale will be showing over 50 historic varieties of camellia along its two ‘Camellia Walkways’. The flowers arrived in the gardens when they were introduced by Elisa Baciocchi at the beginning of the 1800s. You can buy a combined ticket to enjoy both locations of the exhibition at a reduced price.
The Scents Trail: A new way to experience history
Since 2018 the park has offered a new experience: discovering the park via your sense of smell. A unique visitor experience which traces Elisa’s passion for botany. Experiencing the scents of the past offers a direct link with the park and Villa’s history.
There is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the project at Palazzo Ducale in the centre of Lucca (just 8km from Marlia) which explores the perfumes linked to the two historic figures of Elisa Baciocchi and Maria Luisa of Bourbon. The exhibition is free, but groups must book in advance
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Treasure Hunt for Schools
The Park of Villa Reale in Marlia offers educational visits for primary and middle schools, covering built heritage and botany.
A day trip including the traditional visit to the gardens, and also a fun treasure hunt – you can bring a packed lunch too.
- Duration of the visit: around 3-4 hours
- Who is it for: groups of children from 6 to 13 years old
- Ticket price: €5 per child, free entry for teachers
- Picnic: provided by the school
An example programme (which could be changed to suit your requirements) might be:
10am Arrival at the park. Distribute maps and any material necessary for the treasure hunt, dividing into groups.
10:15am The game starts! Guided by teachers, the children must find plants, following the clues they find around the park. During the hunt they will learn about the main characteristics, origins and features of the various trees.
11am End of the game – the treasure has been found! A small prize for all participants.
11:10am Break for a snack.
11:30am Free to discover the other parts of the park of Villa Reale. Along the paths there are description panels explaining the buildings and history.
1pm Return to school or have a picnic in the park (we recommend that you bring rugs).