Historic Building and Museum in Lucca
Villa Mansi, situated in Segromigno, within the municipality of Capannori, stands as a prominent example of 17th-century architecture in Lucca. Originally belonging to the Mansi family, it was acquired during the 17th century from the Cenami family.
Designed by the Urbino architect Muzio Oddi, the villa’s main façade exhibits a visually striking effect of dynamic solidity. Although the building appears compact, the façade gains liveliness from the central body being slightly set back from the two flanking parts.
A sense of airiness is achieved through the elevated portico and the double flight of stairs, while the chromatic contrast between the plaster and the architectural and decorative elements adds to the overall sense of movement and lightness. The portico features a composed serliana motif, which continues upward into the highest part, incorporating double columns and a central arcade.
Villa Mansi showcases an exquisite architectural composition, exemplifying the artistry and elegance characteristic of 17th-century designs.
Inside Villa Mansi, visitors can admire a collection of paintings and frescoes created by the esteemed Lucca-based artist Stefano Tofanelli. These artworks, dating back to the late 18th century, bear mythological themes in the prevailing style of the time, illustrating captivating stories of the god Apollo. Tofanelli’s artistry was highly esteemed by Elisa Baciocchi, the princess of Lucca and Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister.
Outside, the villa’s garden boasts an enchanting atmosphere, adorned with fountains, fishponds, and exquisite statues by the renowned architect Juvarra. While the original 18th-century garden design by Juvarra has undergone significant changes over time, the property’s botanic gardens continue to captivate visitors with their diverse collection of over 40 tree species sourced from various parts of the world.
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Visiting Villa Mansi
Tuesday, Thursday, first and third Sunday of the month from 9.00 to 19.30 (last admission at 18.00)
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 19.30 (last admission at 18.00)
€ 4.00 Combined ticket for the National Museums of Villa Guinigi and Palazzo Mansi: full price € 6.50