Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany

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Twelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its patronage of the arts. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, they represent an innovative system of rural construction in harmony with nature and dedicated to leisure, the arts and knowledge. The villas embody an innovative form and function, a new type of princely residence that differed from both the farms owned by rich Florentines of the period and from the military might of baronial castles. The Medici villas form the first example of the connection between habitat, gardens, and the environment and became an enduring reference for princely residences throughout Italy and Europe. Their gardens and integration into the natural environment helped develop the appreciation of landscape characteristic Humanism and the Renaissance.
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Twelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its patronage of the arts. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, they represent an innovative system of rural construction...

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Each significant member of the Medici family owned an estate while the Duke moved from one house to house. When in residence, the villa became a microcosm of the Medici court. The earliest Medici villas were essentially fortified farmhouses; additional recreational spaces like courtyards, balconies, and gardens were added only to the villas built later. The history of Tuscany is interweaved with the history of the Medici Family which comprised bankers, politicians, royals, popes, patrons of the arts, and champions of the birth of the Italian Renaissance. Three members of the Medici family became the head of the Catholic Church but one of them, Leo XI, fell ill right after his coronation and was pope for just 17 days, in 1605. The Medici Villas are an outstanding expression of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and the beauty of the architechture and the gardens make the villas a must see.

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