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Magnificent Historical Villa

€ 8.000.000 2.451 M2

Property Details

  • Address: Lucca
  • Price: € 8.000.000
  • Bedrooms: 13
  • Bathrooms: 12
  • M2: 2.451
  • Hectares: 9
  • Type: Villa/ Private House
  • Reference: 1655
  • Pool: Yes


This magnificent and historically significant property, located in a secluded and completely private position that is just minutes from Lucca’s Centro Storico, is composed of 4 buildings: the main villa, a limonaia that has been completely renovated and restored as a home, a large outbuilding and a gatekeeper’s house. There is also a magnificent 43x4mt pool, a large greenhouse adjacent the limonaia and a gazebo in the park. The main villa, built at the crest of a hill in the late XVIII century, was owned and inhabited from 1822 to 1826 by Paolina Bonaparte, Napoleon's favorite sister, famous for her love life and for the life-sized sculpture of her as Venus Victrix by Antonio Canova (now in Rome’s Galleria Borghese.) The horseshoe-shaped villa’s main entrance faces south and the façade is decorated with eight marble statues of deities and a marble and terracotta balustrade topped with elegant terracotta urns. An ancient bas-relief lunette of a procession bringing offerings to a goddess graces the tympanum over main door, while there are quartz and lava mosaics along the staircase. An imperial eagle, motif repeated on each of the villa’s large gateposts, is the crowning element. The villa can also be accessed through two smaller entrances, one on the western façade and one on the east. The villa measures approximately 1500 sq.mt. and has a large main salon decorated with gilded frescos in Empire-style motifs. A large library that was formerly Paolina’s bedroom opens off it to the west while there is another salon and a dining room to the east. Most rooms on the “piano nobile" have double exposures and the whole area is accessed from beautiful double staircases, one on the north façade and one on the south. The eastern and western wings have smaller entertainment areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. Easily divisible into two residences, the villa already has two separate furnaces, 2 kitchens, 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The villa, very close to Lucca’s Centro Storico yet very private, is accessed through a large and magnificent iron gate with gateposts that bear the name “Villa Paolina.â€