Stemma della Villa Grabau

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The Box Hedge Theatre

The open-air theatre, a charming stage for summer concerts and performances, was revalued during the first half of the 19th century. Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister, revived the tradition of these lovely outdoor theatres, in about 1814, when she restored the one at the neighbouring Villa Reale of Marlia.

The Box Hedge Theatre present in this park is situated near the stables and the kitchens, on the west side of the Villa; it is of smaller dimensions, and probably it has been inspired by the one in Marlia, even if its dating is uncertain. Realised in pruned box hedge, retains the scene to which one can have access by two symmetrical side stairs, made of stone, which lead behind the wings which are slightly elevated in comparison with the stalls. In the middle of the stage there is a niche of round box hedge which hides the place reserved to the "prompter". At the entrance we can observe two Renaissance Lions in marble that watch the entry with a patronising air.


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