A walk among the romantic fountains and the enchanting Lemon house of Villa Grabau, Lucca: a unique villa dating back to 1500.
The historical complex of Villa Grabau is located in the hills not far from Lucca, on the slopes of Mount Pizzorne. Facing the city and the plain around it, the view from here is amazing. The main villa, with the original renaissance style structure, is built on three floors and dates back to 1412, when it was built by the Diodati family on an existing building. During the centuries the villa has been bought by the Orsetti family and the Cittadella family, before becoming property of the German banker Schwartze. His wife Grabau gave the name to the mansion; she was famous for taking care of the fascinating gardens, in collaboration with Lucca Botanical Garden.
The XVI century signs are still visible: the alignment between the main salon and the “loggia”, the hipped roof, and the decorations in the interior walls. The neo-classical style however, added with subsequent interventions, can be recognized from the windows, from the tents and the painted wall frescoes of nymphs and geometric images.
The great Italian style garden strikes the eye and completes the panorama of the villa. It is decorated with marble and bronze artifacts, ornamental fountains and a winter garden inside a greenhouse. The place is particularly popular for photo shoots, ceremonies and parties; a very special location is the Lemonhouse, a romantic and majestic greenhouse dating back to 1600, surrounded by the spectacular botanical park with old trees and floral ornaments rarities. The Theatre of Verzura is also popular for summer music events, along with three residences, Casa Annadora, Stalletta and Casa Orazio, that turns out to be an intimate gathering in the majestic gardens where guests can relax on holiday.