Historic Centre of Florence
- The Medici Villas di Castello and della Petraia - The Villa di CastelIo was restored for Cosimo I de' Medici who commissioned Tribolo to design and build the beautiful Italian gardens. The interior of the Villa, headquarters of the Accademia della Crusca, is not open to the public. The Villa della Petraia is just a short distance away; the Medici ordered Buontalenti to remodel it in the 16th century. The villa, frescoed by Cosimo Daddi (1591-94) and Volterrano (1636-48) was the residence of King Vittorio Emanuele II during the 19th century.
- Museo Stibbert - This museum contains the collections that Frederick Stibbert bequeathed to the city in 1906. The armor and weapons are the most outstanding items.
- Parco di Villa Demidoff - The Villa Demidoff park is located at Pratolino, on the Via Bolognese. Little remains of the splendid villa that Buontalenti built for Francesco I de' Medici in 1575. The park, that has been completely restored, is open from April to October, and it is a wonderful place to visit outside the city. Giambologna’s monumental statue of the “Appennines” (1579-89) is an outstanding example of Florentine Mannerism.
- Fiesole - Nestled on a hill overlooking the Arno valley, in a splendid panoramic setting, Fiesole dates back to ancient times as we can see from the vast archeological area with ruins of the Etruscan temple and walls, the Roman amphitheater and baths and the Museo Civico that contains many excavated items. The Gothic Cathedral of San Romolo (12th century) and the Basilica of Sant’Alessandro, the oldest in.the city, are places of interest. The Museo Bandini, with its collection of paintings by Italian artists from the 13th to 15th century and the Museo Primo Conti, with oils and drawings by the recently deceased Florentine artist, are both worth a visit.
- Cenacle of San Salvi - What was once the refectory of the former Vallombrosian monastery of San Salvi contains Andrea del Sarto’s fresco of the “Last Supper” (1526-27).
- Settignano - This is a small village that grew up on the hillside north east of Florence; it can be reached by bus or via a panoramic drive along the hills from Fiesole. Gabriele D'Annunzio lived here in the Villa la Capponcina; the gardens of the Villa Gamberaia are considered among the loveliest in Europe and offer unforgettable views of Florence.
- Certosa del Galluzzo - Just 2 kilometers south of Florence rises the austere, fortress-like Certosa del Galluzzo. Founded by Niccolo Acciaiuoli in the 14th century to host young Florentines wanting to study the liberal arts, today it is inhabited by a group of Cistercian Benedictine monks. It contains several important artworks including five lunettes with “Scenes from the Passion”, frescoed by Pontormo (1523-25).
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