Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano

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Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano

Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano
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Lepand
Ra'anana, Israel74 contributions
Magnificent villa
Jul. 2019 • Couples
The visit is free. The villa and gardens are stunning. Many of the rooms are astounding. The villa is opened to visitors once an hour on the half hour.
Written 30 July 2019
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada288 contributions
Well Worth a Visit, and Free to Enter
Oct. 2018 • Couples
We spent a delightful 1.5 hours here, almost the only visitors on a beautiful early fall Sunday to this impressive Medici villa. Go figure!
There is no guided tour per se of the villa- you wait at the door on the half hour, and a guide lets you in and directs you around the inside from room to room, available to answer questions if you understand Italian. There are explanation cards in most rooms which are helpful, but doing a bit of Internet research is recommended as well. Another reviewer was critical of the hodgepodge of decorating styles shown in the various rooms as being unrepresentative of the original occupants, but I found it interesting and in a real sense a historically accurate depiction of the evolution of a stately home.
I'd recommend a day trip here from the hustle and bustle of touristy Florence if you can spare the time.
Written 8 October 2018
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Alan D
Ashford, UK84 contributions
Fascinating step back in time but loking a bit jaded...
May 2017 • Couples
Decided to divert to visit the villa on the drive back to Pisa airport from Chianti and pleased we did. This once grand villa is looking a bit tired and jaded now but is still a magnificent piece of architecture that is beautifully proportioned. Entry is free but you are escorted around the state rooms which still exude the opulence of the Medici's.

That said this was a worthwhile diversion on the way to the airport.
Written 17 May 2017
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Lorenzo G
Florence, Italy64 contributions
Simply impressive!
Apr. 2017 • Couples
That was the place where Lorenzo The Magnificent and all the Medici family used to come during the holidays (and more).

Now is a fantastic and suggestive place to visit!

Absolutely recommended.
Written 17 May 2017
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mairayaya
Hamden, CT3 contributions
Beautiful Villa on gorgeous grounds and such a stunning history.
Feb. 2017 • Family
Such an amazing property with such a rich history. The architecture and the artwork are stunning, There's also beautiful gardens and the most adorable cats that wander the Villa.
Written 1 March 2017
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Vicarmuddlebush
186 contributions
Tenants can really ruin a palace
Nov. 2015
This is a truly spectacular piece of architecture; its proportions (grand and grandiose as they are) are perfect; the prospect is wonderful; the light in many of the rooms on the piano nobile is remarkable. Thouigh the windows were mostly closed on our visit, one can imagine that the building takes full advantages of prevailing breezes and the path of the sun. I found the guide to be very helpful, once she unlocked her very good English after a much less satisfying conversation with me in my Italian. The frecoes in the main hall (the one with the Leo X "stemme") are quite wonderful, if restored and probably over-painted. Their classical scenes allude to cognate aspects of Lorenzo's remarkable life. One room contains glazed terracotta figures from the pediment. They are especially worth attention, particularly the images of bees and beehives--quite out of place with the other more "antique" images, but they reflect Lorenzo's passion for nature and gardening (and perhaps also some of his hopes for an orderly and productive state). It would seem that just about everything that has happened to the villa since Lorenzo and Leo and their immediate heirs (with the possible exception of the trellis frescoes in the billiard room) has been a form of desecration. The 19th C occupants--whose taste is still on display--represent the most egregious contributors to this deterioration. But the curators--perhaps out of conviction, but more probably because there is a shortage of funds to do much else--have left this as it was when occupied by various now largely forgotten monarchs. It would be wonderful to see this building "taken back", cleansed of the remnants of bad taste and made whole, you could say, with its lovely setting. A walk in that setting, in the gardens and woods gives many great views of the villa along with a convincing sense of why this was reputedly Lorenzo's favorite "home." If you are lucky, that walk will also lead you to encounter a most alluring, entertaining, slightly surly, but amazingly acrobatic cat, one of many felines who now get to live where Lorenzo once did.
Written 23 December 2015
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David B L
Los Angeles, CA8,326 contributions
Lorenzo's Estate .....
Jun. 2015 • Couples
This is the estate - huge Villa and Gardens - of perhaps the wealthiest man in the world in the 1400's-1500's, Lorenzo di Medici, and the grandeur and opulence attest this. An amazing place and its origins are so old. Not much signage in English so bring a tour book for information, but your eyes will guide you through this Medici treasure. ...
Written 30 October 2015
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Barb F
Abbotsford, Canada326 contributions
Last stop on our Vineyard & Villas' Tour
Sep. 2015 • Couples
Last month my husband and I spent 5 nights in Florence and one of those days we did a Vineyard and Villas Tour where we ended our day visiting this Medicea Villa which dated back to the 1400's. We were surprised at how large this villa was but as our tour guide explained, this Medicea family was very wealthy at that time. Only took about 1/2 an hour or so to tour thru the whole villa and we were able to get some really good pictures of all the rooms. Surprisingly, this Villa even had it's own theatre inside. Was interesting to see something this old from that time period and but was disappointed that it wasn't in better condition, seeing as it was a museum now.
Written 14 October 2015
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Rhoward2
Burke, VA232 contributions
Beautiful piece of history
Sep. 2015 • Business
We had several receptions here and a gorgeous banquet on the lawn in connection with a scientific conference. The setting is breathtaking, and the building is beautiful. Their local wines are delicious.
Written 11 September 2015
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sandro c
Prato, Italy329 contributions
Villa medicea in poggio a caiano: Don't miss it!!!!
Mar. 2015 • Family
When in Prato or florence don't miss to visit Villa Medicea.
It's an ancient Villa owned by Medici Family of the 15th century.
This villa is famous also because was made by the most famous Medici: Lorenzo il Magnifico!!!!!!
Beautiful villa, beautiful wall painting and a great garden.
Written 25 July 2015
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