An half-day of free time, a car with a full tank of gas, a camera and your search for beauty sensor activated: let’s start …
We complete our itinerary for the Medici Villas started in the previous post: we left Florence in the first part of our itinerary and then we went around Fiesole and up in Mugello area in the second half.
Today we return to low altitude and leave again from the Villa of Cerreto Guidi in Chianti area that houses the ‘Museum of Hunting and territory’.
There is still much to do…
We go up north and we arrive at the Villa of Artimino in Carmignano, called ‘La Ferdinanda’ from the name of the Grand Duke who had it built. The symbolic work of the renaissance architect Bernardo Buontalenti now houses the Archaeological Museum and a space open to the public for meetings and receptions, near a beautiful medieval village.
A short distance away, also in the province of Prato, there is the Villa of Poggio a Caiano. This villa is certainly the symbol of Lorenzo the Magnificent and of his humanist conception that had marked all the architecture created for him. Today it houses the Museum of Still Life with collections of works belonging to the Medici family. From this point of view we can imagine the extent of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany between Florence, Prato and Pistoia.
Let us pause for a moment, but not too much, we still have for you a few pleasant surprises.
The Medici Villa of Quarrata is called ‘La Màgia’- be attentive to the pronunciation on the first a! – It lies on the Montalbano mount between Prato and Pistoia, detected by the Medici family from Panciatichi’s. The Villa has been appreciated in its beauty by a large park that homes now a particular open-air museum of environmental art, as well as a playground for the little ones.
Finally, we travel to the coast to get to Seravezza with its Palace. It was built by Cosimo I in a strategic point at the foot of the Apuan Alps and the Versilia area overlooking the precious marble and silver mines nearby. The Palace houses a library, the Museum of Work and popular traditions of the historical Versilia well as cultural events.
Now you just need to choose among the twelve villas we visited your favorite and use it as a reference point to find accommodation for your next stay in Florence.
How? Thanks to the portal Vivafirenze.it you can easily decide whether to return among the gentle rolling hills of Fiesole, if you enjoy the cool climate in the green surroundings of money order or close to the villages of Poggio a Caiano and Artimino or in the Florence historic center close to the Boboli Gardens .
See you soon with the next route with Vivafirenze.it!
photo credits: Flickr- Flavio / Larry Ewing / Giovanni Sighele Wikimedia commons
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