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“Impressive european style architecture in Miami!”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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The Grand Miami Air Tour
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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 23, 2013

This are the surprises you sometimes find where you didn´t expected. A 20th century house (which is like a small palace) with exquisite 15th to 17th century furniture. Indeed the owner at that time, Mr. James Deering loved Europe and the house itself is a confirmation of it. The gardens are nice, but they could look better so they could be outstanding because they have the potential.

"For decades, Vizcaya has been a diplomatic seat of Miami-Dade County, having hosted some of the world’s most renowned dignitaries—such as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain—and major international events—such as the Summit of the Americas, the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, and activities associated with Art Basel."

My favorite part: the swimming pool!
DEFINITELY A PLACE TO MAKE AN EVENT!!

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

After exploring villas in many countries, I truthfully wasn't expecting much when we decided to check out this amalgam of styles and periods dropped into a Miami setting. I was stunned with how authentically it was done - you'd swear it was an old villa where each generation added some 'modern' touches of their own. It must have been a thrilling job to scour Europe for these treasures and have the funds/labour available to place them in perfect settings. I loved the formal gardens so reminiscent of Versaille or Queen Victoria's summer home on the Isle of Wyte. At the far edge of the garden it wasn't difficult to imagine a teenage girl using the pavillion tearoom as it was designed - all curled up reading her book on the cool side on a hot summer's day or on the other side with the fireplace warming her on a cold, rainy day. It was a flash of genius to build a breakwater that would be coveted even in Venice. We slipped in just as Vizcaya opened and headed off in the opposite direction from the tour bus crowds so every where we walked we were alone, and wandered about as Deering's houseguests might have done. What a delightful way to spend a couple of holiday hours!

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Liked the gardens and the waterfront views. The house is interesting to Europeans as it was strange to think that someone would build it around 1900 and then search Europe for very old furniture and tapestries to make it seem like an old stately home. Worth seeing

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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.

Thank stiglich
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