Lucca’s Botanical Gardens, landscaped in 1820 under the patronage of Maria Luisa of Bourbon, are beautifully nestled between the bastion of San Regao, the gardens belonging to the convent of San Micheletto and the gardens of the palaces built for the court of Elisa Baciocchi. They cover an area of about two hectares and offer an important and impressive collection of rare plants and flowers.
After ownership was transferred to the city of Lucca in 1920, the gardens eventually developed over time as a sort of "museum laboratory", enriched on both scientific and aesthetic fronts.
Among the most impressive and memorable plants, stands the majestic Cedar of Lebanon, (planted in 1822 and now boasting a circumference of over five meters), the cypress (a species native to the swamps of Florida), and the redwoods.
The vast collection of rhododendrons and camellias is certainly a treat.
A most interesting element of the gardens lies in the décor. The various elements, from the sphinx to the clay pumpkin decorating the pot used in the cultivation of aquatic plants and the large ceramic medallions depicting important events from the garden’s own history – are unique and captivating. The gate with pillars decorated with laurel leaves in relief and crowned by two lions is attributed to the local architect and engineer Lorenzo Nottolini (1787-1851).
Mon–Fri: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tue, Thu: also open in the evenings from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Full price: €3
Reduced price: €2
Group rate: €50 (for groups up to 25 people, booked in advance)