Villa Grabau in San Pancrazio
Nestled in the hills, just 7 km from the city of Lucca, the historic complex of Villa Grabau offers the traveler suggestions of an unchanged time, right from the entrance into the inviting driveway.
The Villa, entirely furnished with period furniture and paintings, is surrounded by a 9-hectare botanical park, divided into various architectural gardens and full of ancient trees and real arboreal rarities.
Strolling in the garden you will discover the Limonaia, an imposing and majestic greenhouse for lemons dating back to the 1600s and the Teatrino di Verzura, immersed in a garden with boxwood wings that create a cozy and romantic atmosphere.
In the Limonaia, in a very evocative environment of great architectural charm, it is possible to organize lunches and receptions surrounded by the "Ficus pumila" that descends abundantly from the imposing beams of the ceiling, creating a unique and unparalleled atmosphere.
In the Teatro di Verzura, graceful and with harmonious proportions, ceremonies can also be officiated with a civil ceremony. This corner of the park is particularly appreciated by the talented decorators who, with their floral decorations, are able to create romantic scenographies that give the environment the appearance of a true "temple" of greenery and harmony.
In a strategic position with respect to Lucca and always within the Park, there are three charming residences: the "Casa di Annadora", the "Casa di Orazio" and the "Stalletta", available for weekly rentals or to host friends and relatives for a few days of relaxation after the reception organized in the park and in the various structures within it.
The history of Villa Grabau
Built on a building that already existed in 1412, it belonged since the very early years of the sixteenth century to the Diodati, a powerful family of merchants from Lucca, whose coat of arms, carved in gray Matraia stone, is still today at the northern entrance of the Villa.
Under the Diodati assumed Renaissance forms, still legible in the arcade with three arches of the front hall.
However, it was only with the subsequent owners that it came to assume the neoclassical guise that it still retains today.
Between the half of the 1600 and half of the 1800, in fact, the Villa passed first ownership to the Counts Orsetti, then to the Marquises Cittadella and finally was purchased, in the 1868, by the German banker Rodolfo Schwartze, husband of Carolina Grabau.
It is thanks to the passion of Carolina and to the exchanges with the Botanical Garden of Lucca that the park was enriched with so many botanical rarities still present today.
Carolina's sister, Costanza, had married Baron Wilhelm Hüffer, a wealthy businessman who lived with his wife in Rome, Paris and Lucca, where they had bought the adjacent Villa Diodati. His brother, Carlo Luigi, known as Lodovico, lived in the family villa in Palmata: a cultured and refined man, he was an esteemed painter and friend of many "Macchiaioli".
Carlo Grabau's father, a wealthy banker and shipowner, originally from Hamburg, had moved to Livorno in the very early years of the 1800 to follow his business and as Consul General of the North Sea Anseatic cities at the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
In Italy he met and married Enrichetta Inghirami, of an ancient patrician family from Volterra.
The Schwartzes had no children and the villa was inherited by Carolina's nephew, Marcello Grabau, married to Francesca Cenami Spada, of the important aristocratic family of Lucca.
Services: wedding locations and events in Tuscany
The Villa and the Park can be visited all year round; the Limonaia and the villa, in addition to the gardens, can be rented for events, weddings, ceremonies.