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Palazzo Pfanner: photos, description (Palazzo Pfanner)

Palazzo Pfanner was built in the second half of the 17th century and belonged to the family Moriconi, members of the merchant nobility of Lucca. After the bankruptcy of the family, the Palace was sold to other noble merchants, Controni, who were engaged in the silk trade. Controni expanded the building, has attached to it a monumental staircase, presumably to the local architect Domenico Martinelli. At the beginning of the 18th century they commissioned Filippo Juvarra to engage in the placement of the garden behind the Palace, and painting of the arches of the Palazzo and ladders has been invited by local artists. In this building Controni was hosted by the Danish Prince Frederick during his big trip to Italy.

About the middle of the 19th century the owners of the old Palace became the Pfanner family — it Felix Pfanner, an Austrian brewer, acquired the Palace after the founding of the first in Lucca and one of the first Italian Breweries. The brewery is located in a lovely building between the garden and premises of the Palazzo, closed in 1929.

The Palazzo is still the property of the Pfanner family, which at the end of the 20th century have reconstructed the building and opened it to the public. Thanks to its charming architecture, the Palazzo several times became a shooting location for films, including here were filmed some scenes of the film "portrait of a lady" with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in the lead roles.

The Baroque gardens of Palazzo Pfanner also attracts many visitors with its lawns, colourful flowers, trees and lemons in clay pots standing along the row of statues of Greek Olympians and the seasons. At the intersection of the two Central paths of the garden and features an octagonal fountain, and the elegant lemon house with two lions and basilisks on the roof — the emblem of the family of Kontron - decorates that part of the garden where growing boxwood, Laurel, two ancient bamboo, yews, pines, magnolias and roses.

Tourists can explore only a small part of the Palazzo Pfanner where there is a large reception hall, decorated with frescoes of the 18th century, and several side rooms with antique pieces of furniture and a wooden statue of the Archangel Michael 14th century.

In the Palazzo exhibition of surgical instruments and antique medical treatises collected Pietro Pfanner, surgeon, philanthropist and mayor of Lucca from 1920 to 1922.