Up at the Villa: just outside the city gates, the country residences that were once owned by the Medici family bear witness to the beauty and comforts of life in a manor. Seeking to escape from the stress and strain of life in the city, the Medici princes fled to their luxurious country manors.
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October.
Time: 2 pm
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours.
Meeting point: in front of Hard Rock Cafe, via Brunelleschi 1, just off Piazza della Repubblica, 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
Includes: guided tour, pre-booking fee, ticket, transport and earphones for groups with more than 15 participants
IMPORTANT: Your booking will be confirmed as soon as the minimum number of 4 participants has been reached. Nonetheless, in order to hold your place, you need to have paid for the tour. As soon as the tour has been confirmed you will be sent a voucher, which you need to show at the meeting point. Should the tour not reach the minimum number of participants and therefore be canceled, you will have a full reimbursement for this tour.
All client cancellations must arrive up to 8 days before the date of the tour to be reimbursed free of charge. If you cancel 8 to 2 days before the date, we keep 10% of the total fee. Further cancellations imply no refund possible. Clients arriving late will not be reimbursed for the missed visit, nor will a client who gets separated from the group during the visit or who does not complete the visit. In case of cancellation of a tour by the tour operator for reasons of force majeur, clients will only be reimbursed for the amount paid for the tour. Tour operator is not responsible for any additional costs in connection with the reimbursement.
Before You Book
Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the number of 7 participants is reached. However, to keep your seat, you need to pay for the reservation. As soon as the tour is confirmed you will receive a voucher, which you must show at the meeting point. If the tour does not reach the minimum number of participants and is therefore cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the tour cost.
The Medici Villas
Visit the residences once owned by the Medici family. Removed from the bustle of busy Florence, these elegant country houses still attest to the beauty and comforts of villa life. Seeking to escape from the stress and strain of life in the city, the Medici princes fled to their luxurious country villas.
The Villa “La Petraia,” dwelling of grand duke Ferdinand I and later of his grandson prince Don Lorenzo de' Medici, still preserves the splendid gardens in the Italian style. The villa itself boasts a spectacular entrance court complete with glass ceiling, as well as highly elegant and richly furnished period interiors and a curious collection of parlor games.
The Villa di Castello is where Sandro Botticelli's masterful Birth of Venus and Primavera were originally at home. The villa and the gardens in particular offered Cosimo I relaxation far from his busy court in Florence. The design of the splendid gardens had a profound influence on the landscape architecture of the Italian Renaissance garden and later of the French formal gardens. Embellished with grottoes, fountains, and statues, Castello still preserves a spectacular group of citrus fruit trees collected by the Medici from the 16th century onwards.
All client cancellations must arrive up to 8 days before the date of the tour to be reimbursed free of charge. If you cancel 8 to 2 days before the date,10% of the fee will have to be paid. From two days prior to the course beginning, the payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.