The Gronberg family came up with the idea of SurReale – it was a dream of theirs to open a restaurant in Lucca.
In 2015 the family’s passion for the area and their love of its heritage were the driving forces for the restoration of Villa Reale in Marlia, now brought back to its former glory. The renovation was a huge project, and the Villa is once again one of the most spectacular historic residences in Italy.
The park extends for 16 hectares and traces 500 years of history. It’s a wonderful location for a cultural experience in natural surroundings. In addition to the luxurious 19th century residence of Elisa Bonaparte, the park contains a museum housing the collections belonging to the countess Mimì Pecci Blunt, the oldest ‘Green Theatre’ in Europe, an unusual nymphaeum and other historic buildings of interest – the perfect place for a relaxing walk.
The care and attention to detail in Villa Reale’s restoration are also in evidence at SurReale. There are several interesting elements of the Villa’s history in various corners of the Bistrot and Vineria, including photos of illustrious guests – including a certain Salvador Dalì in the Villa’s swimming pool!