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“Worth a visit” 4 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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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.
Miami, Florida, United States
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The garden is beautiful and offers great photo ops. The house is a bit too opulent for my taste, but no more so than the Summer Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The history of how it came about, however, is very interesting. Mr. Deering traveled far and wide to accomplish his dream. Would I return to the garden? The answer is a resounding YES. Would I revisit the house? The answer is: ONCE IS ENOUGH!

Visited June 2012
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“Like being in Venice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The grounds, the gondola pier and pagoda are so much like Italy it's like being there! I always go in the summer so it can be really warm but the interior of the mansion has air conditioning. We loved the gift shop/cafe too!

Visited July 2012
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“Not so much”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I really want to support places like this but I have to say that this house is a hodgepodge of artifacts that seldom belong together. The overall effect is a very pretentious house where a wealthy man tried desperately to achieve some sort of royalty status. Most often the artifacts he purchased were obviously meant to be in much larger rooms so they seem cramped here. Things are thrown together that don't seem to belong together. I recently visited the Borromeo Estate in the middle of Lake Maggiorre in Italy. This house feels like a poorly done homage to that magnificent estate.

Visited February 2013
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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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