Villa Grabau

Villa Grabau, Lucca: Address, Phone Number, Villa Grabau Reviews: 4/5

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Only 7 kilometers from the city centre of Lucca,the Villa Grabau offers a lovely,romantic environment: the wonderful English Garden is a special example of botanical garden and keeps trees from all over the world;absolutely do not miss it in autumn....the colours are the most beautiful you can find in the area;and in summertime it is the perfect place to spend a lovely time.The Limonaia is a real jewel, perfectly preserved from 1640; the Italian Garden will appear to you as if coming suddenly from the past,with its valuable collection of lemon trees in rich old terracotta pots;the elegant groundfloor of the Villa is totally furnished and the rooms show amazing frescoes.
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YvetteS_Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada134 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
In Sep 2020, I was fortunate to have spent a few days on the grounds of Villa Grabau renting one of the smaller villas called, La Casa di Annadora. I previously overlooked the Lucca area for Florence, but when I planned this trip, Villa Grabau was highly recommended to me by someone who had recently stayed there. What a lovely place!
I had to quarantine before entering Italy, and during this pandemic vacation, staying at a fairly secluded villa was a good option and minimized health risks compared to a stay at a crowded hotel.
Annadora was once a private home of a member of the Grabau family and retains many of its original decor, so to me it felt very personal and intimate, like a home away from home, just more luxurious than my own. I shared the Villa with three friends who travelled with me, but it could certainly have comfortably accommodated another 5 more people. There is a large supermarket less than 10 minutes drive away where we were able to stock the well appointed kitchen. Within an hour of arrival, I was already baking an apple pie soaking in the Tuscan sun and the splendid views, happily imagining myself in a technicolor movie. There is also a lovely private swimming pool just steps from the Villa where I worked off the pie with a swim and a yoga session on the patio. I had the best night’s sleep at the Villa. There is a peaceful feeling about the place, which made me feel like I really got away from it all.
If you’ve not been to Lucca, I highly recommend arranging a walking tour with Federico, the Villa’s owner, who is a registered tour guide. Because his family is one of the founding families of Lucca, the tour is not only rich with historical content, it is delivered with an interesting personal narrative as well.
The main Villa is also a beautiful wedding venue. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse as staff prepared for a wedding. I have to say I envied the bride. The reception setting and decorations were absolutely stunning.
I hope to return to Villa Grabau with my own family the next time I’m in the area.
Written 27 April 2021
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Shaun C
Bournemouth, UK811 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
The whole area is peppered with impressive villas in beautiful gardens. Villa Grabau is one of the smaller ones still inhabited by the owners. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Written 26 November 2018
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quantockm
Taunton, UK307 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Garden has being undergoing some restoration and has some interesting features. Guided tour of the villa,s main rooms was very interesting: mostly in Italian but enough in English to allow us to follow the story.
Written 22 October 2018
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Thank you so much for your visit , it was a pleasure to meet you. VILLA GRABAU
Written 25 October 2018
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Starrymj
Glen Iris, Australia6 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We were on a fantastic cycling trip around the hills above Lucca. Scenery was stunning. We arrived at Villa Grabau at 1220. The lady there said she was closing at 1pm in 30 minutes. I asked about a tour but she was disinterested. The gardens are not that special. Might be better to visit Villa Reale - the gardens are meant to be beautiful.
Written 25 September 2018
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david_marshall30
Lucca, Italy98 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Good gardens, 5 euros per person. Lovely to sit by the lily pond and listen to the frogs. Great view of the Villa and garden from there. A nice fresh walk through the wooded areas, well watered lawns. Worth a visit.
Written 9 July 2018
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Victoria
Maidstone, UK85 contributions
Jun 2018
Thanks to some of the other reviews, we knew exactly what to do when we turned up at the Villa. For 7 Euros we had a lovely guided tour of the ground floor of the Villa and were then able to walk around the beautiful gardens.
Written 5 July 2018
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Andrew W
Asgardstrand, Norway228 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Well we could not find anybody to pay any entrance money to, do we walked around the gardens anyway. Nice place to spend an hours walk
Written 3 October 2017
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Thank you ! Villa Grabau
Written 3 December 2017
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Thomas F
München116 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The area of Lucca is full of historic villas, many of them closed to the public or in state of decay as the upkeep of these places is not supported by state funding. Villa Grabau is a wonderful exception. Mostly overlooked by tourists you have the place mostly for yourself even in high tourist season. We got our private tour through the villa with original frescos, paintings and furniture. Most amazing a grand piano on which allegedly Puccini and Paganini have given concerts in the same villa. The gardens are impeccably well maintained and a pleasure to walk through. Most amazing the large number of pots with lemon trees and the orangerie with the largest ficus I have ever seen hanging from the high ceilings rooted in a water basin in the back wall of the building.
Logistically, when you arrive at the gate of the villa you need to ring the bell. A sign says: Tourists, please ring the bell." Parking is inside. All very relaxed.
Written 14 August 2017
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Thank you so much for you visit,first of all,and for this description of our Residence and Gardens;we are really pleased to meet visitors the appreaciate the site and experience a nice walk through the amazing historical botanical park. VILLA GRABAU
Written 19 August 2017
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Elena B
Montecarlo, Italy35 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
I visited this wonderful historical villa last summer with a group of italian friends, although not so big we were deeply immersed in the beauty of an old forgotten past, when people travelled with horses, Puccini's music was in the air, and women showed their big dressed and umbrellas (there is a lovely collection of these in one room of the villa). The limonaia is often used as hall of receptions for weddings and parties, really charming.
Written 11 November 2016
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Carla17_11
Geneva, Switzerland7 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
My husband and I got married in Villa Grabau at the end of May. Our nearest and dearest traveled to Lucca to share in our day and we were thrilled to be able to host our wedding in such stunning surroundings. The gardens are extremely well maintained and it was an incredible experience to hold the dinner and dancing in the beautiful Limonaia. My family and I also decided to stay in the three villas which are also on the grounds. They are all absolutely charming - and we found Federico Grabau to be so kind and helpful throughout!
Written 27 August 2016
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Thank you so much!!!!
Written 24 September 2016
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