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 the 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.
After seeing multiple historical churches inside the Lucca walls, it was a pleasant change to see and actual family home. We enjoyed the Palazzo Pfanner interior, as much as they allow the public to see. It is still occupied by the family so much of it is off limits. The only part of the Palazzo which currently can be visited, contains a large reception hall with frescoes painted around 1720, some lateral rooms with a vast set of period furniture, furnishings, sacred objects and a splendid 14th century wooden statue depicting the Archangel Michael.
If you are in the medical or dental field be sure to allow time to view the historical (and scary) medical and dental equipment displays in several of the palazzo's rooms.
We kind of liked the permanent exhibition of medical-surgical instruments and ancient medical texts that belonged to Dr. Pietro Pfanner (1864-1935), the surgeon and former mayor of Lucca. We loved the lovely frescos and furniture. Don't forget to look up, it's worth bending your neck to see the beautifully painted ceilings. Look down as well at the varied patterns of flooring, each room has its signature style. We were in and out the Palazzo Pfanner within an hour, but definitely worth the visit.
When we first arrived at the Palazzo Pfanner we immediately went to the garden as we were able to see it from the medieval defensive walls, and were very curious about it. We saw that the garden is very well kept and is maybe the best part of the visit to the palazzo. The garden statues of Greek or Roman gods are quite impressive. Time for us to look around.
We walked around the lawn, with its ornamental flowers, some forest plants and earthenware pots of lemons. There are also some of 18th century statues of the Greek Olympus and the Four Seasons. The Palazzo Pfanner garden, represents an excellent example of a baroque garden laid out in the heart of medieval Lucca. We walked around the octagonal fountain-basin set in the intersection of the two central paths. After that we had a look at lemon-house with on its top two lions and a basilisk. At least we also saw some bushes of peonies and hortensias, roses and pots of geraniums. The garden is one of the features of the visit, a nice place to have a picnic if you plan ahead.
Before we visited the Palazzo Pfanner we already knew that it was used in several films over the years. We were very curious in trying to see why it is such a great location for a movie set. For us of course a very good reason to visit it. At first we saw the beautiful garden of the Palazzo Pfanner as we stood on the defensive walls and were able to have a look at the garden of the mansion.
The construction of Palazzo Pfanner dates back to 1660. The Pfanner family became involved with the century-old history of the Palazzo Pfanner towards the middle of the 19th century. It was not very clear how to get to the main entrance as there are no signs leading the way. When we arrived I was pleased that the entrance fee was very mild, as it was 6 Euro per person. We enjoyed the Palazzo Pfanner interior, as much as they allow the public to see. It is still occupied by the family so much of it is off limits.
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.
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.
A large part of the tour should also include walking the rear area of the gardens. Even though it is less than an acre in town, it is poser packed with statues, and fountains, and colorful flowers. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the setting.
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
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
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.
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.
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.