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Villa Caruso Bellosguardo

Now the Museo Enrico Caruso

Villa Caruso

The story goes that Enrico Caruso was strolling with his beloved Ada Giachetti on this Renaissance estate with its park and views, and was so infatuated with its unearthly beauty that in 1906 he made it his own and where he lived until he died in 1929.

The museum, in one of the wings of the villa, holds the fascinating collection of memorabilia gathered together over 40 years by the Associazione Museo Enrico Caruso in Milan. There are costumes, posters, phonographs, original records and remastered recordings of one of the greatest tenor voices of all time. There is a fine collection of the caricatures the singer loved to draw. There is a silver tea set given to the singer by the opera loving Tsar Nicolas II

Another section in the villa houses the Raccolta Etnografica Lazzeri, dedicated to historic age-old wine and olive cultivation. And there's a restaurant, and one of Florence's rare surviving gardens from the late Renaissance, and of course, the truly grand opera views.

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Via di Bellosguardo 54, Lastra a Signa

Hours Mar-May & Sept-Oct Wed & Thurs 10am-1pm, Fri-Sun 10am-1pm & 3-6pm. June-Aug Wed & Thurs 10am-1pm, Fri-Sun 10am-1pm & 4-7pm. Nov-Feb Sat & Sun 9am-1pm & 3-6pm.

Adm €5, over 65 free

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+39 055 8721783

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License