Villa Grabau was built by the wealthy merchants of Lucca, the Diodati family, on the ruins of a medieval village, and it was then sold in 1868 to Carolina Grabau, wife of a wealthy German banker.
The villa, one of the oldest of Lucca, still maintains the period furniture and paintings. It is surrounded by nine acres of trees and botanical rarities.
The limonaia is very interesting, a room dating back to the 16th century, which contains 100 terracotta basins with the coat of arms of the ancient owners.
From 1 April (or the day before Easter, if it falls on a previous date) to 30 June: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00 p.m. From 1 July to 31 August *: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 7:00pm. From 1 September to 1 November*: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm. From 2 November to 31 March (or the Friday before Easter, if it falls on a previous date): 11:00am to 1:00pm - 2:30pm to 5:30 on Sundays only * Closed: on Monday mornings, 24/25/26/31 December and 1/6 January. When the Villa is closed, groups can visit by booking.
The park and the villa can be visited - for a fee - the whole year and without reservation.
The visit to the park is free and a map is provided. The visit inside the villa is guided. Visiting the villa and the park takes about 45 minutes.