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“What a joke!”
Review of Villa Grabau

Villa Grabau
Ranked #29 of 119 things to do in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 August 2012

Seen from the outside grille, it looks splendid, but....

After a very brief introduction, you get to pay dearly to visit (on your own) the ground level of a villa which has hardly any interest. You are then handed a very dark photocopy of a map (which you must give back at the end of your visit) of what looks like a grandiose garden. You end up in a garden which has nothing particular in itself and no view on the surroundings.
Add to this 'wonderful' visit, the restrooms which were out of order and the mosquitoes which were very much alive and you might understand why we preferred to leave quickly.

We all felt really bitter to have been ripped off and just don't understand why the travel guides recommend this villa.
Tip : head for the Bardini Gardens in Florence.

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Reviewed 15 June 2012

We had our sons wedding here and it was fantastic. We used the Lemon Tree house and the grounds. The weather, location were superb. The Villa is rather nice too

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Villa G, Proprietario at Villa Grabau, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014
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Gentile Signore,la Villa Grabau rimane aperta ogni domenica con orario 14,30-17,30 e non necessariamente il cancello è aperto,essendo comunque una residenza privata;per questo sul cancello in bella vista è apposto un cartello recante orario,numero di telefono e modalità di accesso("Suonare il campanello);ci dispiace che non lo abbia visto.ci avrebbe fatto piacere riceverla....

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Located a few km north of Lucca where several other fine examples are to be found in the same neighbourhood, this villa is occupied by its owner.

1  Thank Dilemo
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

We hired Villa Grabau for our wedding and also the other 3 villas on the same site for the wedding party and close friends. The owner of the Villa was extremely nice, very helpful and welcoming. We have stayed in many villas before but the gardens, pools, vinyards etc of Villa Grabau are second to none. There are two very small restaurants 5 min walk from the villa that are authentic Italy. Then there is Lucca so close and a sup-ermarket about 10 mins away to do some food shopping. I would return in a heartbeat as driving thought those big villa gates is something that I will never forget.

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Reviewed 6 days ago
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