Villa Artimino

Sweet Medici Villa and Archaeology Museum

Villa Artimino

The Etruscan city of Artimino, just south of Carmignano, was destroyed by the Romans. It's just a village now, with yet another Medici property, the Villa Artimino (also called ‘La Ferdinanda’), built as a hunting lodge for Ferdinando I by Bernardo Buontalenti.

Buontalenti, who spent much of his life building fortresses for the Medici, gave them perhaps the most delightful of their many villas here. It does have a semi-fortified air with its corner buttresses, but the total effect is simple and charming, the long roofline playfully punctuated by innumerable chimneys, each one different. The graceful stair was finally added in 1930, from a drawing by the architect in the Uffizi. Inside, the famous Sala delle Ville contains paintings of all the Medici villas.

The villa's outbuildings are now home to the Museo Archeologico Comunale, with Etruscan art found in the area's many tombs, among them a unique censer with two basins and a boat, bronze vases, and a red figured krater painted with initiation scenes, found in a 3rd-century BC tomb. There’s a convenient place for lunch on the grounds.

Etruscan censer

Also in Artimino is an attractive 11th-century Romanesque church, San Leonardo, with three ornate apses in the Lombard style.

Practical Info

Piazza San Carlo 3

Villa Hours: Sat and Sun at 10.30am and 4pm, by reservation, +39 055 875 141; free.

Villa Artiminowebsite

Archaeology Museum Hours Mar-Oct: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9.30am-1.30pm; Sat and Sun 9.30am-1.30pm & 3-5pm. Nov-Feb: Sat and Sun 9.30am-1.30pm & 3-5pm

Adm €4, €2 ages 7-18 and over 65

Museo Archeologico Artimino website

+39 055 8718124

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