Greenery architecture, topiary shapes, grottoes, fountains and statues combine with botanical interest and the beauty of the landscape, harmonising the distinctive features of a villa of Lucca in original ways.

The main building, built for the Buonvisi family at the end of the 16th century, has a compact structure opening towards the hill at the back of the property, with a magnificent five-arched loggia attributed to Matteo Civitali, overlooking a large semi-circular space defined as a “courtyard reduced to the form of a theatre”. This exedra, which is a recurring element in the gardens of Lucca, features a low basin, consists in a grassy area bordered by vases of citrus fruit trees. The background to this space is a high and compact series of holm oaks with a spectacular rustic grotto with calcareous concretions at the centre housing the statue of a putto riding a dolphin. The theatre feature, probably dating from the 1770s, adds charm to the garden that, being situated on a slope, is structured on three levels, developing along an axis lateral to the entrance. On the upper level is a holm oak grove with a basin surrounded by flower beds; the central level is traversed by an avenue lined with holm oaks and cypresses, and is adorned by theVasca degli Amorini, the Fontana delle Cascatelle and the kaffeehaus; the lower level has a distinctive green gallery made with hornbeam canopies. To the right of the entrance avenue is the formal part of the park, which was originally subdivided into regular flowerbeds that are no longer decipherable due to the alterations introduced during the 19th-century. This part contained the grove, the ragnaia grove, and the actual garden. The layout of the garden has remained unchanged and the 19th-century modifications have been superimposed on the original structure yet leaving it legible. The villa also features a series of tall trees, many of which are exotic, in keeping with 19th century taste.