The Villa Torrigiani

Day 15: Monday, April 25, 2005

The Road Leading To The Villa Torrigiani


The villa and park, built at the beginning of 1500, became the summer residence of the powerful Buonvisi family. In 1636 it was bought by the Marquis Nicolao Santini, ambassador of the Republic of Lucca at the court of Louis XIV at Versailles. He started the transformation of the part with the big ornamental pools reflecting the new baroc facade, and the creation of a new garden. In the twentieth century the park was partially changed into an English Garden, with the transformation on the existent flower beds into lawns in the front and back with large trees coming from different parts of the world.

The Mansion

Pietro Torrigiani married Bittoria Santini, the last descendant of the Marquis Nicolao in 1816. The last Marquis Torrigiani, Carlo Luca, left the property to his only daughter Simonetta, who was married to the Prince of Stigliano, Don Carlo Colonna. She opened the villa, just a few kilometers northeast of Lucca, to the public in 1967.

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