The district of Mugello, north of Florence, was the original home of the Medici family. It was at the time of Lorenzo the ... More
Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
The district of Mugello, north of Florence, was the original home of the Medici family. It was at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent that the Medicis had this, one of their first country villas, built very near to Artimino. In 1454 Michelozzo was placed in charge of the villa's construction, which was to be used primarily for hunting purposes. The peculiarity of the villa lies in its crenelated tower at the front of the building with battlements on each side and reinforced on each corner with strong bastions like a medieval castle. The extensive private gardens are not open to the public. Another place worthy of a visit is the nearby Castello di Trebbio, which was another of Michelozzo's accomplishments. The construction involved the restructuring of an old medieval castle, commissioned by Cosimo il Vecchio, between 1427 and 1436. This too is privately owned and may be visited on request.
This original monument by sculptor Pietro Canonica was donated to the city council in 1940. The sculpture portrays Scodela, the
famous mule awarded with a medal for his bravery, determination and resistance when transporting a small cannon around the ...
This 14th century building was commissioned by Cosimo il Vecchio. Originally owned by the Lippi family, it passed to the
Medici family in the 15th Century and the villa saw both the birth of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his ...
The villa belonged to the Medici family and Cosimo, Florence's new Duke, began the work on renovating the grounds, he
planned an Italian garden with geometric designs, Vasari made the Duke's dreams become reality. At the center of the ...