With its grassy lawns, ornamental blossoms, tall shrubs and lemon-trees in large earthenware pots interspersed among the monumental rows of eighteenth-century statues depicting the Olympian gods and the Four Seasons, the garden of Palazzo Pfanner, attributed to the genius of Filippo Juvarra, represents a valuable example of a baroque garden set in the heart of the mediaeval town of Lucca.
The part of Palazzo Pfanner that is currently open to the public includes the large central hall where there is a permanent exhibition of surgical instruments and antique medical texts belonging to Pietro Pfanner (1864-1935), and numerous other rooms containing antique furniture and furnishings as well as sacred objects.
Inside Palazzo Pfanner visitors can stay in the “Principe Federico” Suite, so named in honour of Prince Frederick of Denmark who stayed here in 1692, a few years before becoming King Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway. The flat, furnished with several valuable pieces of antique furniture, offers a splendid panoramic view of the garden and the nearby city walls.
The images contained in this section offer some interesting views of Palazzo Pfanner, from the most charming corners of the garden, photographed in all the four seasons, to the incomparable architectural design of the building, the result of the masterly expertise of architects and designers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.