Open Hours: Gardens: 9a-dusk M-F, 9a-12:30p Su & Bank Holidays. Villa: 9a-1:30p M-F, 9a-12:30p Su
In 1480 Lorenzo il Magnifico acquired a fortified, medieval building, commissioning Giuliano da Sangallo to carry out the ... More
Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano
In 1480 Lorenzo il Magnifico acquired a fortified, medieval building, commissioning Giuliano da Sangallo to carry out the necessary structural work to render it habitable. The villa was then enhanced by decorative works ordered by his son Leone X; the so-called "Leone X Room" on the first floor was in fact decorated by famous Florentine artists of the mannerist style. Alessandro Allori completed the project between 1579 and 1582. Particularly praiseworthy was the lunetta by Pontormo depicting the figures "Vertumno e Pomona". Il Francabigio was also involved in the decoration of the panelled ceiling of the villa's barrelled vaults. Outside there are fine examples of ancient architecture such as the porch, which features timpani pediments embellished with a frieze in relief in glazed terracotta, a copy of the original by Andrea Sansovino that can be found inside. The gardens and park are also worth a visit. Guided visits are compulsory with organised tours at specific times for groups of 15 people.
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 17th century villa stands on the Imperial Hill, so called because of its connections with the imperial D'Asburgo family
through the Grand Duchess Maria Magdalena, wife of Cosimo II de' Medici and sister of the Emperor Ferdinand II. ...
This 18th century villa was donated to the country in 1951. It houses temporary exhibitions and the Cernuschi Ghiringhelli Collection
of Foreign and Italian Abstract Art (1900 1980), as well as the Sandro Cherchi donation and some sculptures by ...