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Villa Massei

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Facciata e ninfeo
Area: Piana di Lucca
Place: Capannori, locality Massa Macinaia
District/Locality: The garden can be visited in groups of a minimum of 20 people by appointment.
Building dating: 17th century
Garden dating: 20th century

The edifice of Villa Massei in Massa Macinaia dates back to the 17th century and is an example of those country residences linked to agricultural production and well looked after from an architectural point of view, which were widely spread around the hills surrounding Lucca, notably modifying the landscape. The edifice is built on a hillside and therefore has three floors facing downhill and two facing uphill given the sloping of the land. There is a portico with five arches on the façade facing uphill, forming an area linking the building to the garden. This is a very important and frequent characteristic of the Lucchese villas. The garden is very interesting for its variety of essences and for their architectonic disposition. There is also a little nymphaeum in the garden. An Italian style garden, comprising 16 flower beds with low geometric hedge borders has been planted recently.
Historycal news

The edifice, dating back to the 17th century, was built in the southern hills of Lucca in a zone, agriculturally rich for its production of olives, vines and mulberries for silk worms.
For a long time, the villa was the country residence of the Senibaldi family , and after many changes of hands, was bought in 1981 by Gil Cohen and Paul Geravais, the present owners. The latest owners are responsible for the restoration of the portico on the façade facing uphill, which had been previously walled up in order to increase space inside the villa, and for the precise architectural and botanic composition of the garden.
How to reach

by car:from Lucca, take the SS439 towards Pontedera, turn at the junction for Massa Macinaia. The villa is next to the church of Massa Macinaia.

- Paul Gervais, A Garden in Lucca, Hyperion,2000
- Archivio Soprintendenza B.A.A.A.S. delle province di Pisa, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Livorno (schedatori: Gilberto Bedini, Raffanti; Sabatini)

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