First, there are very few tourists that attend this attraction. Second, plan ahead. Third, do take a phone in the event you can't walk from the road where the bus leaves you and you need to take a taxi ($19 Euro, nearly to the airport).
it is an impressive country residence built on a panoramic terrace on the outskirts of Florence. It was first bought by an old family, the Brunelleschi family, later selling it to the Strozzi's. They expanded the estate around 1420- 1430. Finally Cardinal Ferdinando bought it and transformed it after being nominated Duke in 1587 (see money talks). That is when the building was transformed around the 14 th centruy tower. The Savoy family bought it and enclosd the courtyard (making it a huge reception area) which is filled with 16th ceentury frescoes. The place is down at the heels, but THIS is that which many want to see - - - the wonder of history. I mean, do you want an equivalent of Gettysburg battlefield with a McDonalds??? Get real.
So, buy ALL of your bus tickets at a tobacco shop, find San Mark's bus area (on your map), grab the number # and get off on stop (Sestese) #3. Then, walk down the alley for 1/2 half mile and start to go up the hill - - - you are there. Or, get a taxi for 19 E one way. Bus is about $4 E.
Enjoy, do something different. Stop following the crowds and go where you start to travel to learn what Italy is all about.
Hours: 8:15 to 4:15 during Nov to April and 8:15 to 5:15 during other months. FREE (give the guard a tip, okay?).
ALSO, you need to realize this is one of 8 on the their national registry ; however, I'd say it is one of the top 2 you need to see in the province. Yes, see the Pitti Palace, but I'll address that later.
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