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Medici villas and gardens

Medici villas and gardens, a part of the landscape of Tuscany

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Medici villas and gardens

Medici villas and gardens, a part of the landscape of Tuscany

Tour Code: Tour 8

Discover the Medici villas and gardens, join a tour around Florence and visit the country residences that were once owned by the Medici family. Book this short trip, just outside the city gates, and learn something more about the Medici’s reign. Seeking to escape from the stress and strained life in the Capital, the princes fled to their luxurious manors.

By listening to the stories of our guides, you will meet Cosimo I and the other members of an important noble family, able to exert a strong influence over modern European culture through its patronage over art. Unveil every detail, “from the making to their design”, Medici villas and Medici gardens are the first example in the world of a close connection between nature and architecture, an innovative system of construction in harmony with the natural environment.

The Villa La Petraia still preserves the splendid Italian style gardens as well as its highly elegant interiors, which still include furniture and furnishings of the period. The gardens of the Villa di Castello are the secret place where Cosimo I relaxed away from his busy court in Florence. Embellished with grottoes, fountains, and statues, this garden still preserves a spectacular group of citrus fruit trees collected by the Medici from the sixteenth century onwards.
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