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Villa Reale di Marlia

An illustrious property enjoyed by the great and the glamorous for centuries. Few settings in Italy are as rich in allure, beauty and a vivid sense of history as Villa Reale. The timeless elegance of the grounds will charm and delight, perfect for a relaxing walk. The 17th century Villa Reale di Marlia lies in the heart of Tuscany, near Lucca, in an exceptional location at the foot of the Pizzorne hills....

Villa Torrigiani Malaspina

La Villa Torrigiani Malaspina è un antico edificio situato a Montecastello, frazione di Pontedera. Ha assunto la denominazione attuale alla metà del XIX secolo, in occasione del matrimonio tra la marchesa Cristina Malaspina e il marchese Filippo Torrigiani, celebrato nel 1850. In precedenza la villa-castello era stata residenza delle famiglie fiorentine dei Tornaquinci, discendenti dei Medici, e dei Franceschi. Parte integrante della struttura difensiva del borgo medievale di Montecastello, ha subito innumerevoli...

Tenuta di Coltano

La frazione di Coltano è un piccolo borgo agricolo, antico possedimento mediceo. Costituisce una delle storiche Tenute in cui è suddiviso il Parco Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli. All’interno della tenuta, immersa e nascosta nel verde, troviamo la Villa Medicea, al centro di una vasta piana circondata da alberi ad alto fusto. Il palazzo, di forma rettangolare con torri angolari ad angoli acuti, presenta una facciata composta da due piani con portone centrale...

Il Cisternone

La struttura frutto dell’ampliamento di precedenti strutture condotti sotto il Granducato di Cosimo III nel 1695. Durante la seconda metà del 1500 nacque l’esigenza di incanalare l'acqua che sgorga dalla Valle delle Fonti per portarla verso Pisa. Iniziarono così le prime opere di canalizzazione delle sorgenti più importanti fino alla costruzione dell’ Acquedotto Mediceo, che tuttora collega Asciano a Pisa con 954 archi ed una lunghezza di circa 6 Km, per...

Palazzo Pfanner

La costruzione di Palazzo Pfanner risale al 1660. Furono i Moriconi, membri del patriziato mercantile lucchese, a commissionarlo. Travolti dal fallimento economico essi furono costretti nel 1680 a vendere l'edificio ai Controni, anch'essi mercanti della seta ascesi al rango nobiliare. I Controni si dedicarono all'ampliamento dell'edificio: intorno al 1686 sovrintesero ai lavori per la realizzazione dello scalone monumentale su progetto, si presume, di Domenico Martinelli, architetto e ingegnere lucchese noto per la...

Villa Oliva

La villa Buonvisi Oliva (o anche solo villa Oliva) si trova in località San Pancrazio presso Lucca. È una delle poche ville lucchesi che, sebbene private, sono visitabili (in questo caso solo il giardino). Le prime notizie della villa risalgono alla fine del Cinquecento quando i proprietari erano i Buonvisi. In seguito appartenne ai Montecatini, al principe Carlo Poniatowski, ai Rosselmini, i quali la donarono alla Piccola casa della Divina Provvidenza...

Villa Annamaria de lanfranchi

Una importante dimora storica del XVIII secolo presente negli estimi descrittivi di San Giuliano Terme già dal 1618 come “residenza per villeggiare”. Villa De Lanfranchi, iscritta all'Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane, conosciuta anche come Villa Anna Maria. Intorno alla metà del XIX secolo viene ristrutturata da Anna Maria Franceschi Rosselmini organizzando la tipologia cinque–seicentesca di villa pisana avvalendosi anche di una importante decorazione pittorica. Si crea inoltre un grande giardino botanico (il...

Gipsoteca di Arte Antica

In 1887 Gerardo Ghirardini, inspired by the model of the German Archeology, started the collection of the Ancient Art Plaster casts gallery, one of the first ones in Italy. The collection offers a summary of the most well-known and significant Greek, Etruscan and Roman artworks, beside less popular or unpublished works and small three dimensional artifacts. For instance: exact reproductions of ancient works conserved in several national and foreign museums, but...

Caffè dell’Ussero

Fondato il 1º settembre 1775, ospita l'Accademia Nazionale dell’Ussero. Il caffè - conosciuto nell'Ottocento anche come Caffè delle Stanze per il collegamento al piano superiore con il circolo delle Stanze Civiche (fondato l'8 agosto 1818) e Caffè dell'Unione - ospitò le riunioni del primo Congresso Italiano degli Scienziati nel 1839 ed ha le pareti coperte di ricordi dei suoi illustri frequentatori: Filippo Mazzei (l'italiano che suggerì uno degli emendamenti della costituzione...

Cateratte Ximeniane – San Giovanni alla Vena

Le due fabbriche di cinque cateratte furono costruite, su progetto di ‪#‎LeonardoXimenes‬, in occasione del suo intervento di bonifica del Lago di Bientina, iniziato a partire dal 1757. Le cateratte avevano la funzione di regolare lo sfocio nel fiume Arno delle acque del lago di Bientina mediante il canale della Serezza Vecchia e, in particolare, del Canale Imperiale, aperto dallo stesso Ximenes. Per consentire una navigazione continua del Canale Imperiale furono,...

Medici Aqueduct

The project for an aqueduct capable of supplying the city of Pisa with the benevolent water of the Pisan Mountains was ordered by Cosimo I de’ Medici. Credit must go to Grand Duke Ferdinando I, however, for the construction of the long aqueduct that from Bottino di San Rocco in the Fonti valley reaches the walls of Pisa. Begun in 1592 on a design by architect Raffaello di Zanobi di Pagno, who...

Acquedotto Nottolini

The necessity to equip Lucca with a large aqueduct to supply the city with water of good quality and thus solve the problems of a hygienic nature, was perceived and confronted already in the early 18th century. From that time, mathematicians and hydraulic engineers engaged in a lengthy discussion, elaborating various projects which did not lead to concrete results, however. The aqueduct was built only in the following century by royal...

Villa Bernardini

Villa Bernardi in Vicopelago, is an example of the permanence of severe renaissance form in Lucchese architecture during the 1600's. The villa is presented as an impressive and balanced cubic block and the façade has a strongly symmetrical composition. There are five openings on each of the three floors i.e. three central ones which are close together and two lateral ones which are further apart. They are all in line with...

Villa Medicea Buti

Residence of the Medici Grand Dukes' administration personnel : here the captains of part of the city of Florence had a tower and a nearby house. This building was enlarged in late 1600 by Pier Maria di Domenico Petracchi, who managed the Medici farm of Cascine di Buti. In the early 1700s Petracchi sold the prestigious Villa Medici to Giovanni Mattia Berti. During the whole eighteenth century, the villa had the dual...

San Giuliano SPA

The beneficial effects of the water of San Giuliano Terme were noted as long ago as the Etruscan and Roman ages, when the first structures were built to make use of the thermal springs. The current look of the elegant thermal building is due to its recent renovation, returning the setting to the splendour of the 18th century when it was the summer residence of Grand Duke Francis Stephen and was...

Villa Bosniaski

The Villa Belvedere, also known as Villa Bosniaski, was built in the year 1881, on the top of Monte Castellare at San Giuliano Terme. The rectangular villa consists of two floors plus the basement. It was originally made up of 12 rooms equally distributed on three levels. In the basement De Bosniaski had set up a kind of private museum for the fossils that he owned. The water supply was guaranteed...

Certosa di Calci

The Pisa Charterhouse was founded in the 15th century thanks to the legacy of an Armenian merchant. It is a monumental Baroque style complex consisting of a large internal courtyard, used for day to day activities and as a place of meeting with the outside world, and also a series of buildings surrounding the courtyard that contain the cells, orchards and the reserved areas, as is fitting to the Carthusian living...

Villa Roncioni

This villa of extraordinary historical and artistic value, became in the mid XVIIIth century the country house of the Roncioni family. During the same period,  important artists worked on the interior decoration, while in the nineteenth century a large park was created, with fountains, lakes, a cave, a church and a silkworm house, the latter designed by the renowned architect Alessandro Gherardesca who drew his inspiration from the English gothic architecture....

Villa Ammiraglio

One of the very few houses, in the province of Pisa, that was built and inhabited by the Medici family. It was constructed by the first Admiral of the Medici Fleet, Giulio de' Medici, during the second half of the XVIth century, as his personal house. The prestigious façade is oriented south-west and is surrounded by a garden-park adorned with age-old trees. (source ADSI - Delegation Villas of Pisa)...

Villa Alta

In the splendid setting of the hills of Rigoli, in a panoramic position and completely surrounded by nature, stands an elegant and exclusive villa of the XVIIIth century: Villa Alta. Near the famous spa of San Giuliano and halfway between Lucca and Pisa, Villa Alta is located along the ancient and legendary "Silk Road" traveled during the Renaissance and Baroque periods by the local great traders  to reach the European courts...

Villa Poschi

Located in the village of Pugnano, along the hill slopes, the villa has been part of the process of renovation that took place in the area of Pisa during the eighteenth century. In 1791 in fact the noble Vincenzo Poschi raises, expands and decorates his  countryside residence dating from the seventeenth century. The beautiful villa is set on three floors connected to each other by a unique block of scale divided...

Villa Rita

At the foot of Monte Pisano, in front of the thermal baths of Uliveto, there is an ancient medieval town with, in its center, the Villa called in the past "Villa Noce". This historic residence, of the XVth century, has kept the frescoes, terracotta tiles floors and original furnishings. One can clearly notice the testimony of ancient and noble families of Pisa and Florence that have lived there over the centuries....

Castellaccio

The Castellaccio in Filettole was built around 1100 as a monastery of Santa Viviana. In the period between the XIII th and the XIVth centuries the monastery was repeatedly besieged but to no avail, until the Pisan people converted it in a fortified palace with towers during the XIVth century. Since 1388, for about twenty years, the fortified palace became the residence of the archbishop of the Maritime Republic of Pisa:...

Villa Tadini

Immersed in the vegetation of the Monte Pisano, the villa owes its origins to Lorenzo de Medici who had it built in the late fifteenth century as a holiday resort. With the marriage of his daughter Maddalena with Francesco Cybo Malaspina, Agnano and the villa became the property of a new lineage. The villa was renovated in the early sixteenth century assuming the characteristic U shape in Renaissance style, with Italian...

Palazzo Pancani

The old palace dates back to around 1700 and is one of the oldest buildings in the square of Bientina. We have some news of its existence from the manuscripts attributed to Dr. Francesco Pagnini, related to the visit of the Grand Prince of Tuscany Gian Gastone de' Medici. Later on the square was enriched with many homes and gained a new charm. During the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, several nobles...

Villa del Lupo

Built at the end of the eighteenth century, Villa del Lupo is one of the most picturesque places of delight in the territory of Pisa. The complex includes the villa, the private chapel, the lemon-house, the porch and annexes. The villa designed by Alexander Gherardesca, looks on to a green space: "the secret garden" which leads to the lemon-house through flower beds and fountains.  Evocative scenic footpaths guide the visitors to...

Villa di Corliano

It was built during the first half of the fifteenth century as a summer residence at the foot of Monte Pisano. The compound includes, in an enclosed park of 6 hectares which separates it from the village bearing the same name: the villa, the farm, the stables, the mill, the cellars, the coffeehouse, the outdoor theater, 2 nymphs and the church of SS Peter and Paul. Originally the property belonged to...

Osteria all’Ussero da Antonio

The osteria, located in the old “coppaio”, where the terracotta jars for olive oil were kept, in the garden of the Villa Di Corliano, offers high quality menues in a typical Tuscan enviroment....