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Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano

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Address: Piazza dei Medici, 12, 50046 Prato, Italy
Phone Number: 39-055877012
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The most beautiful house in the world

Lorenzo the Magnificent's beautiful summer palace, it is the basis for every country house ever built. If you've ever been to Hearst Castle or Vizcaya in the US, this is where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2014
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Monterrey, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This magnificent villa really needs a hand. Some small works are on progress, but far from the major restoration it needs. What´s most impressive is the architectural design. Since it was in use for a long period, it suffered many transformations so very little from the original Medici era is left. During the cold morning of our visit, on the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Lorenzo the Magnificent's beautiful summer palace, it is the basis for every country house ever built. If you've ever been to Hearst Castle or Vizcaya in the US, this is where they got it all from. Castle Howard or Chatsworth in the UK, start here. If you have eyes to see, come here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Wow! What a gorgeous villa with murals and guilded chairs. We came during the open hours but when we tried to go in the doors were locked. After a few tries someone came and let us in.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This was really interesting and for its time revolutionary. A beautiful home not a fortress. It's filled with light and vistas from every room. The frescoes, furniture and silk wall coverings are lovely. WE enjoyed the house tour, but found the pictures upstairs not that impressive.The gardens are quite nice.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

This was a lovely discover on our trip in Florence ,I was born in Prato and I have never been here!! This is part of the Medici family estate and it is a beautiful Villa with a great garden to visit in half day trip from Florence . The entrance is completely free and opens at 8.30am ( we visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We decided to hire a driver and take our two small girls out to see the country during our 10th wedding anniversary trip to Florence. We chose to visit two of the Medici Villas as both my husband and 8 year daughter are quite interested in Medici history. Villa Poggio a Caiano is beautiful, relaxed and without tourists (we actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

A beautiful villa built by the Medici through several generations. It is fascinating to see how the tastes of the various members of the family change, but they still have the urge to collect. Don't miss it if you are interested in art and history. Only a half hour bus ride from Florence. On the practical side, please note that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This wonderful old Medici-palace, is a bit different to what you´ll see in Florence. Beautiful wall-paintings and a lovely garden, will give you a totally different feeling than the fortified homes they had in Florence. Worth a detour!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

It's hard to overstate the architectural significance of this place. Lorenzo de' Medici (the great) asked Giuliano da Sangallo to do something revolutionary in the late 15th century. Instead of the usual defensive, enclosed castle, he wanted a gracious building looking back to ancient Rome, set in gardens, with no military potential. It inspired villas throughout Tuscany, which inspired Palladio... More 

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Leamington Spa, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We visited on Tuesday, 18th September, arriving at around 13:20. I am being so precise to pick up some of the points in the “pessima organizzazione!” review of 12th August 2012, whose message was that the place is run by a bunch of persnickety bureaucrats whose goal in life is to exert their power to make life as inconvenient as... More 

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