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“Step into Elegance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129 (Coconut Grove)
305-250-9133
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Ranked #4 of 279 things to do in Miami
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
New York City, New York
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“Step into Elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The gardens are amazingly lush and beautiful. The house is nice but overshadowed by the grounds. Lots of walking required!

Visited February 2013
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“Stunning views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The tour was very informative and the views from the inner courtyard were amazing. A must-see tucked away in Mimi.

Visited January 2013
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“top attraction in miami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

price a little steep and you cant photograph anything in the house but it is a must see. the gardens are so picturesque. great piture opportunitites. kids would be bored though

Visited February 2013
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“Stunning views, memorable weddings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Stunning views of Biscayne bay! Beautiful gardens outside, lots of historical furnishings inside. My son got married here over 10 years ago and everyone STILL talks about it!

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful Italian Renaissance Villa & Formal Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Last week, during a visit from my sister, we took a trip down to South Miami to see James Deering's winter estate. James Deering was the founder of International Harvester and built his estate in the style of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque villas, importing many of the furnishings and decorative elements from his trips to Europe.
His villa is spectacular with a wide open central courtyard complete with columns, an antique marble fountain and greenery. All the rooms open off of this area including the bedrooms on the second floor. There are old tapestries to see, one dating back to the 1540s and even a 17th century altar painting. You will be able to view the serving pantry where he actually had an electric dumbwaiter installed, way ahead of his time, and his own personal china compete with his personal yacht flag emblem. On the second floor you don't want to miss the tower rooms which were all decorated in honor of famous women of the late 18th and 19th centuries as well as the huge breakfast room, which was one of Mr. Deering's favorite rooms. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the interior as they are not allowed in order to preserve the contents of the estate.
However, outside is a different story. You can get carried away taking pictures of the boat landing, complete with barge, right on Biscayne Bay and the beautiful manicured gardens in the rear. There are reflecting pools, vine-clad gazebos and statuary walks to wander through and you won't want to miss the Water Stairway and Italian Renaissance Casino, or house in miniature, at the far end. Take a look at the impressive ceiling in the loggia and off the back you spy what looks like a Venice canal but, alas, no gondola appeared. On the way out stop and see their Secret Garden or what was originally called the Orchid Garden for some beautiful displays of color.
A wonderful day trip for someone visiting the area. Plan on spending a good 3-4 hours there and longer if you decide to have lunch in their restaurant. (Try the grilled cheese and fig sandwich - fantastic!)

Visited January 2013
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