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The first restored rooms of Villa Reale di Marlia open to the public

Posted by Giorgio Hardouin on September 3, 2019
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After years of waiting, he opens one of the most important historical residences in Italy: it is now possible to visit the first restored rooms of the Villa which belonged to Princess Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister.

The impressive restoration works involved the entire complex including the furnishings: from the tapestries to the marbles, from the frescoes to the paintings, up to the glittering crystal chandeliers to get to the furniture and floors. Everything has been meticulously restored to its former glory. From now everyone will be able to admire the beautiful Empire-style interior.

Salone Villa Reale of Marlia

In fact, the new owners have worked hard to commission the painstaking restoration of the villa and the park; are ready to share this valuable historical and artistic heritage with the public.

The owners also made use of the collaboration with the Napoleon and Elisa Association from Paris to Tuscany, which together with the Superintendency for Cultural Heritage, oversaw and coordinated an in-depth historical-scientific research concerning the preparation and creation of useful contents for the visit of the environments. To give the whole a contemporary cut, another collaboration was fundamental: the one with the start-up from Lucca Tebikii. Its young entrepreneurs have designed and created the official application "Villa Reale" (downloadable for free on all smartphones) thanks to which it is possible to be guided inside the Villa through the audio guide and discover the park through video guides narrated by four guides native-speaking tourist.

The recent opening of the new Café Villa Reale - the result of the restoration of the early twentieth century play pavilion - also offers the opportunity to relax in the gardens: visitors can find refreshment with cool drinks and tasty morsels in a simply unique setting. The park is open every day from 10 to 18. The interiors of the Villa will be open from 10:30 to 17:30 (visitable with 5 € supplement to the park ticket).


For all those who will prove to be members of theAssociazione Dimore Storiche Italiane entrance to the park and the reduced villa will be reserved: 12 € per person