Introductions by Marcello Fagiolo, Cristina Acidini and Enrico Colle
An exceptional view on the cultural context of the villas in Lucca: artistic and landscaping wealth famous all over the world. Massimo Listri shows the various themes: architecture of mansions, interiors and parks by his striking pictures of the settings as well as by the unusual details. The interiors with their iconographic scenery are placed side by side to Gilberto Bedini’s analysis of the landscape and the gographical Villa’s collocation. Marcello Fagiolo discovers the garden’s world, pointing out the cultural relationship with the European capitals and the relationship between architects and architecture of villas and parks. Cristina Acidini tell us the charm of living in villa quoting brilliant and famous guests, symbols of a period and a way of life. Enrico Colle shows us into the secret of the decorated rooms, analyzing the furniture of XVIII and XIX centuries.
More than 50 villas are represented with a rich collection of pictures described in analytical cards.