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“Fascinating Look into History”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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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.
Reviewed March 19, 2013

While visiting friends in south Florida recently, I was extremely fortunate to have a chance for a leisurely visit to Vizcaya. The grounds are beautiful with diverse, well cared-for plantings and fountains that invite a picnic. The house is an eclectic mix of architectural styles although a distinct Spanish influence is evident throughout. There are about a dozen bedrooms as I recall, each decorated in a distinct theme with furniture and decorations from widely varied places making each a fascinating study. Another pleasant surprise was the small dining facility. Although the menu was limited and service a bit slow, the food was excellent and outdoor dining particularly pleasant. This is a marvelous place and I would return.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Maybe it was the time of year that we were there but the gardens we just shrubs, the architecture and history made it interesting but beyond that I wouldn't go back.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is the former home of wealthy industrialist Deering built at the turn of the last century. It is an interesting mix of European pieces brought over and local materials, especially the coral stone used throughout. I found it an odd mix. There are columns in the dining room that don't hold anything up and are just sort of standing there. Unusual to say the least. Deering imported whole rooms from European palaces and then had the house constructed to fit them. My overall impression was that the house was trying to be something it wasn't (i.e. a European villa or castle).

The most impressive part was the dock that looks like a ship made of stone. Very impressive and it must have made quite the impression on Deering's visitors. We got the audio tour and found it to be a bit repetitive. The grounds are really lovely.

The second floor is not wheelchair accessible.

Thank Jamuca
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We did not take a tour of the mansion but were able to go round at our own pace. The house and the gardens have much to recommend them. We did not eat in the restaurant.. The staff were a little overwhelmed when a large number of people turned up to be served.

Thank doonhamerGlasgowUK
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

As a native of South Florida, I can't believe it took me so long to visit Vizcaya. The grounds are beautiful and the home is magnificent. You can walk around on your own, take a guided tour or opt for an audio tour. It's definitely something both locals and tourists should check out.

Thank mjpino
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