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All About the Medici

Detail from Botticelli's Nativity, with the Medici

Like their Bourbon cousins in France, the Medici liked to pass the time acquiring new palaces for themselves. In their case, however, the reason was less self-exaltation than simple property speculation; one secret of the Medici’s success was that they always thought several generations ahead. As a result the countryside is littered with their villas, most of them privately owned, although some are partly open to the public.

Bianca Cappello

Love and Death, Medici Style

La Specola

Zoology and Anatomical Wax Models

Lorenzo il Magnifico

Patron of the arts?

Medici Villas

Country Living

Orti Oricellari

When Humanists and Bianca Cappello Once Hobnobbed

Palazzo di Bianca Cappello

Francesco de' Medici's Love Nest

Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

The Medici Townhouse

Pitti Palace

Medici Museums


The Parco Mediceo and Giant Appennino

San Lorenzo and Biblioteca Laurenziana

The Medici Church and

San Marco

Blessed Beauty

San Piero a Sieve

Medici Fortresses and Villas

Uffizi Gallery

The Daddy of Them All

Villa Artimino

Sweet Medici Villa

Villa Careggi

The Birthplace of Humanism

Villa del Poggio Imperiale

Now a Private School but Open for Visits

Villa La Petraia

Medici Villa, Remodelled by a King

Villa La Quiete

Florence's Newest Museum

Villa Medicea del Trebbio

A Castle Villa

Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo

The Original Medici Villa

Villa Medicea di Castello

Gardens at the Accademia della Crusca

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

Medici Hunting Lodge, Now a Museum

Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano

Lorenzo's Idyll

Villa Medici in Fiesole

The First Proper Renaissance Villa

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art