Villa Grabau

Lucca is surrounded by magnificent historical residences of the 16th century. On a perfect spring day, three of us ventured out to discover a couple of them. Villa Grabau was first built in Renaissance style in the late 16th century,

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then renovated in the 19th century in a neo-classical style.

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Following a tour of the villa, owned by the Grabau family since 1868, we explored the 9 hectares of beautiful gardens. Starting with the formal Italian garden behind the villa,

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the pond lilies enjoying the sunshine.

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We meandered along mysterious paths

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never knowing quite what we would find.

The 17th century limonaia was fascinating.

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Over 100 lemon trees are moved inside, in their terracotta pots, to shelter in winter.

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There are many rare species in the park,

we didn’t expect to find giant bamboo in an Italian garden.

The ‘Box Hedge Theatre’ was enchanting.

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A stage defined by box tree hedges set in a secluded position,

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the theatre garden contains two marble lions and a bubbling fountain.

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Having worked up an appetite, we had a delicious al fresco lunch at a small roadside Osteria, Bottega sulla Fraga.

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The English translation of the menu was dubious

but the meals were superb.

After lunch, we made our way to Villa Reale but that will be another post.

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