After a delicious fish lunch in the garden of the Canuleia restaurant inside the walls of Lucca we visited a very private garden, hidden behind high walls. This time we were accompanied by Didier Berruyer who looks after the garden for the owner. We finished the day at Palazzo Pfanner, a Baroque garden with lots of roses, bay, box, bamboo and statues. Inside the palazzo, up a splendid stone staircase, we visited the museum which features medical and surgical instruments collected by Dr Pietro Pfanner (1864 – 1935) who was a surgeon, philanthropist and one-time mayor of Lucca.
A day of private garden visits during the Lucca tour
Armed with a plant list of over 800 species, the group made its way up the hillside near Valgiano to visit the first garden of the day. Over a period of 30 years, Barbara Mariti had transformed a hectare full of brambles and planted herself everything that is there now except for the olive trees.