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Pfanner Palace from the Walls

map of the walls of lucca with pfanner palace

To enjoy a glimpse of the history of Lucca through its architectures you have to enter in the historical center of the city from Porta Santa Maria, then you have to climb to the Walls of Lucca towards Bastion Santa Croce and finally you have to walk for a few meters: on the left you notice a geometrical garden with two orthogonal paths that intersects in an octagonal fountain. On either sides of the paths, 14 statues of Carrara marble depicting the Gods of the Olympus leads the gaze to the Palace, grand and elegant at the same time symmetrical with a difference: the right side is massive because it houses the rooms, the left one is light, almost a tunnel with a wide staircase leading to the main floor.
The history of the Palace begins with the Moriconi, a rich merchant family, who began the works in 1660; then the Contorni, also merchant of Lucca, added the outer staircase and at the beginning of the 1700 entrusted the design of the garden to the architect Filippo Juvarra. In the mid 800 the property of the Palace passed to the Pfanner family: in 1835 Charles Louis de Bourbon proclaimed an international announcement for the manufacture of the beer in Lucca; the brewer Felix Pfanner, who arrived in Lucca in 1846, first bought the winery for the manufacture of the beer and gradually he completed the acquisition of the entire building and he opened a large pergola in the garden with chairs and tables. The brewery closed in 1929 and since then the building hasn't changed. It is still inhabited by the Pfanner, which countamong the members of the family, the personal doctor of Giacomo Puccini. The Palace is open to the public and it is not uncommon, especially on summer evenings, to watch concerts, exhibitions and cultural meetings.

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