The oldest building belonged to the Orsucci family who gave it up to Maria Teresa of Savoia in 1826. The Lucchese architect Domenico Martini worked on the the villa from 1878 to 1888. He was commissioned by Roberto di Borbone, the nephew of the Duke of Lucca, Carlo Ludovico and realised the impressive three floored building as well as the changes to the 16th century chapel. In 1893, on the occasion of the marriage of Maria Luisa, daughter of Roberto di Borbone to Prince Ferdinando I of Bulgaria, the wooden façade of the church was constructed. The layout of the park, coeval with the Martini construction, is the work of the architect and landscape painter Dechamps. In 1952 the Borbone family gave the villa up to the religious congregation Scuole di Carità Cavanis, and was used as a school. In order to accommodate the students of this boarding school, the north block was built in 1964 under the guidance of the architect Tempesta.