Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca

4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - 15 Reviews

Via degli Asili

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • The gardens at Palazzo Pfanner
    The gardens at Palazzo Pfanner
    by Jefie
  • One of the palazzo's bedrooms
    One of the palazzo's bedrooms
    by Jefie
  • Palazzo Pfanner's historic kitchen
    Palazzo Pfanner's historic kitchen
    by Jefie
  • Jefie's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner's beautiful gardens

    by Jefie Updated Jul 21, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The gardens at Palazzo Pfanner
    4 more images

    Palazzo Pfanner turned out to be my favourite museum in Lucca. For 5.50 Euros, you can have access to the palazzo and its beautiful gardens. Dating back to the 1660s, the palazzo is named after Felix Pfanner, an Austrian brewer who was invited to Lucca in 1846 to teach people how to brew beer. At first, Pfanner only rented a few rooms in the palazzo, but soon enough he decided to establish himself in Lucca and, thanks to how successful the Pfanner Brewery turned out to be, he was eventually able to buy it. It doesn't take very long to visit the part of the residence that's open to the public, but it's still worth checking it out to get an idea of what a 17th century Toscan palazzo looks like inside. The real treat, however, are the gardens. Designed and built in the 18th century under the supervision of Filippo Juvarra, they are often described as Tuscany's best example of Italian-style gardens. The gardens, with their statues, fountain and gorgeous lemon trees, have been featured in quite a few movies, including Jane Campion's "Portrait of a Lady", starring Nicole Kidman. Something I thought was particularly interesting was to read the pannels that included excerpts from 19th century travel books describing the gardens and the palazzo - it was kind of neat to imagine that 200 years ago, another tourist had perhaps stood in the exact same spot, taking in all the beauty of the gardens :o)

    Palazzo Pfanner is open from April to October, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jun 25, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Saint George and the dragon.
    2 more images

    This palace was built in the second half of the XVII century for the Moriconi family. They were noble silk merchants. In 1680 the property was taken over by the Contarini; another family of noble merchants. In the second half of the ninethenth century the palace was bought by an Austrian brewer; Felix Pfanner who was asked to come to Lucca in 1846 by duke Carlo Lodovico di Borbone who wished a skilled brewer to make beer in town.

    Inside this palace you can see an old kitchen, some nice rooms and a collection of surgical instruments belonged to Pietro Pfanner; son of Felix.

    Palazzo Pfanner has a beautiful garden with statues representing the four seasons and some divinities. You can see this garden from the town walls.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • tzuki's Profile Photo

    Magnificent gardens and villa

    by tzuki Written Jun 11, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner overview

    The Palazzo Pfanner worths a visit not only the inside of this 17th century villa is amazing but overall the magnificent gardens in which you found yourself back on time.
    The environment and the place itself is gorgeous and you can spend lot of time there while is open.

    We pass by and didn´t stop a lot because a matter of time. However I will come back and take my time there.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Seniors
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • travelrabbit's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner gardens

    by travelrabbit Written Mar 16, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The gardens of Palazzo Pfanner
    2 more images

    While there is a museum in Palace Pfanner, I didn't visit it. Instead, I walked through the small, quaint garden area that's really only good for about ten minutes or so. But it is really beautiful and if you're looking for an escape of sorts from all the narrow streets and brick and mortar, this is a nice relaxing oasis.

    Summer opening: daily 10.00 to 18.00

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo

    Gardens and Home tour

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 2, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sign for times of operation
    4 more images

    This was one of the nicest tours we took inside the walls. Tours for the home and grounds are offered. The price is 6 euro for both, and 3 euro if only the grounds. The home was redone very well and you are allowed to take pictures. The grounds are the outstanding part to remember, however. They are well maintained and filled with statues. it was a treat to relax in this splendor. The home dates back to 1667 construction

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Blatherwick's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by Blatherwick Updated Jun 1, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    A pleasant surprise that I came across while just wondering around the walls. Palazzo Pfanner, built in 1667, has all the characteristics of a late 16th century building. The garden is completely original. There is a beautiful wide staircase that leads to the great elegant loggia overlooking the 18th century italian style garden.

    At the centre of the garden there is a poligonal pond sorrounded by statues , flower-beds and groups of plants; there are also big terracotta vases with lemons,according to the Tuscan tradition.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 8, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This elegant imposing house (1667) has a beautiful outside staircase. It also boasts one of Tuscany's most delightful formal gardens. Laid out in the 18th century, the garden's central avenue is lined with Baroque statues of the gods and goddesses of ancient Roman mythology. The garden can also be viewed while walking along the ramparts (see photo).

    The house itself contains a collection of court costume of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many garments are made of silk, whose production accounted for much of Lucca's medieval wealth.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by Helga67 Updated Mar 8, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    This Palazzo is a nice place to visit. You can visit the house and garden. You will enter the palazzo through a very wide entrance hall. A pompous staircase will bring you to the first floor where you can visit some rooms.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • illudiumqh36's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by illudiumqh36 Updated Feb 1, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner from its garden

    Palazzo Pfanner, built around 1667 and belonged to the homonym successful chirurg, is a typical example of the architecture of that period. There is a beautiful wide staircase leading to the great elegant balcony overlooking the beautiful garden, facing the city Walls.
    The 18th century italian style garden has a huge collection of plants and statues surrounding a fountain pond.
    Inside the palace there is an exhibition of the instruments belonged to Dr. Pfanner and, in general, of the lifestyle of a rich and famous man in the old 17th century.
    The palace is very easy to see if you walk on the Walls... just beside the apse of San Frediano church you can find the garden and the rear of the palace.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bigs's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by Bigs Written Nov 17, 2002

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The salon

    This palazzo formerly belonged to Mr. Pfanner a successful chirurg who lived in this house which was build in 1667. You can visit the palazzo and the beautiful garden and I would recommend both. The palazzo shows some instruments Dr. Pfanner used, some are quite scary I think, and it shows how life was in that kind of position.... The barock garden with its lemon trees is really beautiful!

    Was this review helpful?

  • leromario's Profile Photo

    Great garden!

    by leromario Written Jul 11, 2006

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    2 more images

    Open every day from March to October 10:00-18:00

    Tickets:
    Garden + Residence: € 4,00 (reduced € 3,00)
    Garden: € 2,50 (reduced € 2,00)
    Residence: € 2,50 (reduced € 2,00)

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner - Interior

    by Helga67 Updated Apr 8, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    Inside there is an exhibition of the instruments that belonged to Dr. Pfanner. He was a successful chirurg in the 17th century. You can also have a look at his kitchen and bedroom.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo

    PALAZZO PFANNER

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 9, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    Beautiful statuted gardens here in Palazzo Pfanner - now reopened - perfect for resting those aching feet. Also can be viewed from the walls as you walk around.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner - garden

    by Helga67 Written Mar 8, 2005

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    Palazzo Pfanner has a small but lovely garden with statues representing the seasons, the months or figures of gods.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • alucas's Profile Photo

    Palazzo Pfanner

    by alucas Written Dec 17, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palazzo Pfanner

    Palazzo Pfanner (originally known as the Palazzo Controni( was built around 1667. The gardens are laid out so they can be enjoyed from both the Palazzo and from the city walls.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Lucca

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

68 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Palazzo Pfanner
4.5 out of 5 stars
66 Opinions
0 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
210 Opinions
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
5.0 out of 5 stars
85 Opinions
0.1 miles away
Show Prices

View all Lucca hotels