The Medici Villa guided tour, all near Florence, focuses on the beautiful summer villas of the Medici family many of which still preserve their Renaissance charm.
Your guide will introduce you to four of the more than 20 villas constructed for the Medici family’s pleasure. Almost all of the villas on this full-day tour are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Your private tour will start with a pick-up at your hotel or accommodations with an air-conditioned vehicle and professional driver. Together with your tour guide, they will accompany you to the Medici villas.
The Medici Villas guided tour will visit spectacular gardens, a 16th-century castle, and view fabulous frescos in the Mannerist style. While touring the villas and the lovely surrounding countryside, your guide will inform you about the Medici family, share a few of their secrets and tell of the stories and legends that surround the family.
The villas on this tour include Villa di Careggi, Villa di Poggio a Caiano, Villa di Castello and Villa La Petraia.
The villas built outside of the Florence city walls actually served several functions, however, these country palaces, which were scattered over the territory that they ruled, demonstrated their power and wealth.
The Medici villas also served as recreational resorts for the leisure and pleasure of their family and all its members and many times served as the center of agricultural activities on the surrounding estates for wine, olive oil, fresh fruit, grains, and wild game.