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“Gorgeous luxurious villa with views over florence”

Villa Medicea La Petraia
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Ranked #55 of 609 things to do in Florence
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

Wow! This place is amazing! All the rooms are full of antique furniture and historic items. The rooms are so exquisitely decorated you really understand how rich the owners were those hundreds of years ago. There's a free guided tour at half past the hour but not in English. It's incredible to find a free attraction so magnificent. There's a small free parking area close by, use a sat nav to get there and be prepared with your own research of the place. The gardens are lovely and have great views of Florence. I wish there was a donation box as I would love to have helped out this place as they do not have enough money to maintain it. The gardens are also pretty.

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Reviewed January 5, 2017

This is one of the most enchanting Medicean villa to visit. Free entrance, you've only to be sharp (every 30' min. from 10 am to 4 pm, approximately) and leave a tip for people who bring you inside, without explanation: but don't worry. Special, in this place, is feeling a mood of the Italian belle époque, in a charming mixture with masterpieces of the late Renaissance. The Petraia was the favourite place in the "free time" of our 1st king, I mean Vittorio Emanuele the 2nd, who stayed here with his beloved wife (not the official one: this kind of ladies are called in Italian "moglie morganatica") . The Villa was settled with a special attention by the art's specialists and among several salons, bedrooms and boudoir you must visit the "salone da gioco", with something special and not common to see in the museums. Visiting the Petraia you can have a idea about the Italian taste which is able to mix different styles in a lovely way, absolutely Italian. Always empty, very few people know this merveillous places which was also a set for the Fratelli Taviani movie "Fiorile".

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Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The gardens are home to wide variety of unusual citrus species. You can only visit house as part of a tour - only in Italian. Plenty to see. Fun for all family.

1  Thank 442sonia
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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.

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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.

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