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Unesco World heritage since: 2013
Size of heritage: 125 ha
- Buffer zone: 3,539 ha
Twelve villas and two gardens spread across the Tuscan landscape make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its patronage of the arts. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, they represent an innovative system of construction in harmony with nature and dedicated to leisure, the arts and knowledge. The villas embody an innovative form and function, a new type of princely residence that differed from both the farms owned by rich Florentines of the period and from the military might of baronial castles. The Medici villas form the first example of the connection between architecture, gardens, and the environment and became an enduring reference for princely residences throughout Italy and Europe. Their gardens and integration into the natural environment helped develop the appreciation of landscape characteristic Humanism and the Renaissance.
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Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
The Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany, Italy, are a collection of 12 remarkable villas and their surrounding gardens that were once owned by the influential Medici family. These villas and gardens, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, are a testament to the Medici's love for art, culture, and nature, and their significant contributions to the Renaissance period.
The Medici family, one of the most powerful and influential families in Florence during the 15th and 16th centuries, played a pivotal role in the development of art, architecture, and politics. The family's wealth and patronage allowed them to commission renowned architects and artists to create magnificent villas and gardens throughout Tuscany.
The Medici Villas and Gardens were designed as retreats from the bustling city life, providing the Medici family with a serene environment to relax, entertain guests, and indulge in their passion for art. These villas served as centers for intellectual and artistic gatherings, fostering the exchange of ideas and the flourishing of the Renaissance movement.
Today, the Medici Villas and Gardens are meticulously preserved and open to the public, offering visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Medici family and the beauty of Renaissance architecture and landscaping.
Each villa possesses its unique charm and architectural style, reflecting the tastes and preferences of the Medici family members who resided there. From the grandeur of Villa di Castello to the elegance of Villa La Petraia, these villas showcase the architectural brilliance of renowned architects such as Michelozzo, Bartolomeo Ammannati, and Bernardo Buontalenti.
The gardens surrounding these villas are equally captivating. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the gardens feature intricate patterns, fountains, sculptures, and a wide variety of plants and flowers. The Boboli Gardens, located behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, is one of the most famous examples of Medici gardens, offering visitors a vast expanse of greenery, stunning views, and hidden gems like the Grotta del Buontalenti.
Visitors to the Medici Villas and Gardens can explore the interiors of these villas, adorned with exquisite frescoes, tapestries, and furniture that reflect the opulence of the Renaissance era. The gardens provide a tranquil setting for leisurely walks, picnics, and contemplation, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and serenity that once captivated the Medici family.
The Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany are not only a testament to the Medici family's legacy but also a living testament to the artistic and cultural achievements of the Renaissance period. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, these villas and gardens continue to inspire and captivate visitors from around the world, offering a glimpse into the rich history and artistic brilliance of Tuscany.
Hotels and places to stay
Demidoff Country Resort Resort
Giotto Park Hotel
Villa Il Trebbiolo
Villa dei Bosconi
Residence Fiesole -
I Casali del Trebbiolo
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Medium airport - 6 mi (10 km) Lucca / Tassignano Airport
Small airport - 36 mi (59 km) Arezzo Airport
Small airport - 39 mi (63 km) Siena / Ampugnano Airport
Medium airport - 42 mi (67 km) Forlì Airport
Medium airport - 45 mi (72 km) Bologna / Borgo Panigale Airport
Large airport - 47 mi (76 km) Pisa / San Giusto - Galileo Galilei International Airport
Large airport - 47 mi (76 km) Ravenna Airport
Medium airport - 58 mi (93 km) Verona / Villafranca Airport
Large airport - 108 mi (175 km) Venezia / Tessera - Marco Polo Airport
Large airport - 125 mi (202 km) Treviso / Sant'Angelo Airport
Large airport - 131 mi (212 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Bagno a Ripoli
- Barberino di Mugello
- Borgo San Lorenzo
- Campi Bisenzio
- Incisa in Val d'Arno
- Lastra a Signa
- Mercatale-San Quirico
- Poggio A Caiano
- Rignano sull'Arno
- San Casciano in Val di Pesa
- San Piero a Sieve
- Sesto Fiorentino
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Cave di Maiano
- I Fondi
- Il Torrino
- Le Molina
- Montorsoli Stazione
- Pian di Mugnone
- Pian di San Bartolo-Trespiano
- Poggio Conca
- Ponte alla Badia
- Santa Margherita a Saletta
- Terra Rossa
- Torre di Buiano
- Vetta le Croci