The reason we still hear about the Medici family is because of what they have left behind – a legacy of art and architecture that influenced modern European culture and still defines much of the style here in Tuscany and the surrounding areas of Italy and beyond.Twelve villas and two gardens spread across the Tuscany landscape, built, in peaceful natural landscape, between the 15th and the 17th centuries represent an innovative system of construction in harmony with nature and dedicated to knowledge, the arts and to leisure. The Medici villas are the first example of the connection between architecture, gardens, and the environment and they had become an enduring reference for elegant residences throughout the world.
Their gardens blended well with the natural environment and helped develop the appreciation of the famous Renaissance landscape.
Not all villas are open to the public but, in a full day visit, you will be able to have an insight to all most important periods and characteristics of the Medici countryside properties:
Villa Medicea di Castello
A villa located near Florence, built in the 15th century by order of the Medici family. It was the place where the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de ‘Medici, spent his childhood. He expanded his favorite villa and commissioned to create here a garden together with the Animal Grotta that survived till today. During the period of the Lorenzo il Magnifico, this villa housed the famous Botticelli’s painting ‘The Birth of Venus’.
Villa La Petraia
Villa La Petraia is considered one of the most beautiful of all Medici Villas. The fortified mansion is situated on a hill with a magnificent view of Florence. In front of the villa there is a green geometric shaped garden, and behind the palace – a huge English park. The most impressive parts of the villa are the courtyard decorated with frescoes and a room with the famous bronze statue of Venus/Florence by Giambologna. You will visit both the park and the villa.
Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano
La Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano, is one of the most famous properties of the Medici family, It is one of the examples of Renaissance architecture Inside, there is the Museum of Still Life (Natura Morta), displaying over 200 paintings collected by the Medici.
Full day tour.