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Reviewed October 15, 2016

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.

Ciao.

Date of experience: October 2016
7  Thank James P
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Reviewed October 2, 2016

From 8.30 per hour a free guided tour starts with a volunteer who accompanies you in the various rooms and, if you are lucky, he/she will explain you something about the place, so you can enjoy the visit a lot.
The garden is very nice although not so well-kept as it should, the view is very impressive, moreover the Villa is located far from the city center in a very quiet area so there is a very pleasant silence.
The rooms of the villa are beautiful and special.
I recommend to visit it.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank OspreyP
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

Definitely worth a visit -April to September only you get a free hourly (on the half hour) tour guide Unfortunately ours did not speak English so was only helpful in admitting us to the various rooms on display but all of it was an architectural and artistic feast with ancient Flemish wall tapestries wonderful life-size sculptures various oil paintings and of course the restored frescos in the entrance hall that are totally indescribeable in their beauty-outstandingly restored under a dome of protective glass now but originally were open to the elements ! Crazy !

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank jillyp83
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

A beautiful tuscan villa with beautiful interiors and fascinating garden. Tje garden is open every day, the interior can be visited only once a week, and you have to consult the web to see schedules.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank ItalySilki
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Reviewed July 31, 2016

This villa has lovely gardens and exquisite rooms inside. It is worth a visit for this alone. However, the special summer opening times on the website are not the opening hours in real life, I would advise getting there mid morning or early afternoon as we tried twice to enter late afternoon and were told it was closed. You have to go on a guided tour. The tour guides didn't speak any English which is ok, it can be expected when you are abroad however because they couldn't speak English the guide never once looked at us or tried to engage with us. We were there in a group of 6, 2 English speakers and 4 Italians. The guide moved us so quickly through the rooms that a 1 hour tour actually only lasted 24 minutes. From the little Italian they spoke we didn't think they gave much information to the Italian visitors either and there was not much information to read once in the rooms. It is a shame because it is worth seeing but maybe take the time to do some background research before you go so you can enjoy it to the maximum. It is free to go around so this is a definite bonus. Check on your sat nav that you are definitely at the correct villa, there is another one called Villa Corsini just down the road than only opens once a month. They don't have well placed signs outside.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Kathryn B
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