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dal 2-1-2018 al 6-1-2018

The Nose and the History. That is: to know the historical events of Elisa and Maria Luisa through the sense of smell. The free guided tours to the olfactory route dedicated to Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi and Maria Luisa di Borbone continue in the bicentennial of her arrival in Lucca (1817-2017).


The association "Napoleon and Elisa: from Paris to Tuscany" has in fact promoted the opening of the halls of the Province of Lucca that were the theater of Elisa, where today it is possible to visit the path created by Simonetta Giurlani Pardini to tell the lives of the two rulers.


By smelling the essences we come into contact with the olfactory atmospheres of historical figures creating a bridge between past and present: a deep dialogue to share the same emotion using the power of perfumes to be transported over time and transform the olfactory experience into a historical information .


Located in 4 rooms on the main floor of Palazzo Ducale, the olfactory path "Il Naso e la Storia" offers olfactory suggestions, objects and descriptions. The setting up of the rooms was conceived and curated by the architect Beatrice Speranza who knew with great sensitivity to recreate, even through a luminous wall, the spirit and the setting of the time when the Palace was a Palace. In the other two rooms a "Napoleonic" library is accessible: a specialized collection dedicated to the Napoleonids that the association will make available to scholars and interested parties.


A 3D model of the environments, created by the students of the Enrico Fermi Institute, makes the path accessible to people with visual disabilities.

The screening of the documentary "Memorie di una regina", which focuses on the life of Maria Luisa di Borbone from birth to 1817 and carried out by InfinityBlue from an idea by Roberta Martinelli and the support of the State Archives of Lucca, continues in San Franceschetto (piazza San Francesco - Lucca).  The screenings will be held, repeated every 10 minutes: Thursday, December 21 from 14:00 to 18:00; Friday 22 and Saturday 23 from 10:00 to 18:00.

Admission is free.


Lucca, theater of Elisa, Palazzo Ducale
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 6 January (except Tuesday, December 26th) from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
free entry
Reservations are required for groups: 0583 417363,
Route accessible also to blind people.

More information

Napoleone e Elisa: da Parigi alla Toscana
FB / napoleonidi

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