Hotel Hambros il Parco
in Villa Banchieri
Lucca - Tuscany
About Villa Banchieri
The history of Villa BanchieriThe origins of Villa Banchieri date back to 1445. In those days the building had only the ground floor which was at first inhabited by Antonio di Ser Giovanni Banchieri and his brothers, Ugolino and Martino. The first floor of the house, the stables and the limonaia were built during the next two centuries.
Referring to changes made to the villa over the centuries, from some drafts of designs found in historical archives we notice that around 1800–1820 some changes were made to the façade.
In original acts dated 1766, we read that Domenico Banchieri with his children Sebastiano, Dominico and Libertà ceded for 30 years some lands surrounding the villa (called “livelli”) to the “Offizio dei Poveri Bisognosi", an association that helped the impoverished nobleman who dared not beg.
In the second half of the 1800s, members of the Banchieri family featured important personalities of the clergy, such as the Reverend Sebastiano Banchieri and Serafino Banchieri di Fratta. At that time among the influential families of Lucca it was proper to have relatives who embraced the ecclesiastical life, both for calling and for duty to family.
In the early twentieth century, the Banchieri family, who had already owned the villa for five centuries, fiinally decided to give it away.
To appreciate the beauty of the villa, you have to drive a 300-feet-long avenue. Crossing a wide gate, the visitor is greeted by the scent of lime trees and the lush, relaxing green of the secular park surrounding the old structure. The hotel, although completely renovated with the latest technology and most modern facilities, has maintained the flavor of the old historic residence with the charm that recalls the splendor of the early 1400.
Villa Banchieri, known today as Hotel Hambros il Parco, was acquired in the 1980s by the family who's still managing it.
For several years, management was entrusted to an outside company that has consolidated its customers and has expanded the offerings.
Since last year, management has returned to owners who have become hoteliers.
They have raised the standard of quality to superior 4 star and brought prices to very competitive levels.
The staff, always carefully selected, is available to accommodate the needs of each client.