Maybe not everyone know that in Tuscany along the centuries a so called “villa civilization” developed, first by means of the Medici family, the ruler of Florence, then by wealthy merchant families, especially from Lucca.
As the Medici enlarged their power all over Tuscany, they commissioned to prominent architects many villas, the first ones as haunting house, then also for representative purposes, and to spend leisure time.
So some century later did the wealthy merchant class from Lucca. Them all are situated in the countryside, surrounded by beautiful gardens, often with original furniture, frescoes and many pieces of art to admire.
Take a tour of the villas alone, or join this tour to a visit of the nearest city, for instance a villa plus Florence or Lucca.