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Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

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Address: Via dei Ponti Medicei, 7, 50050 Cerreto Guidi, Italy
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The "black legend" of the Isabella de Medici's murder

Tradition says that in this villa duchess Isabella de Medici - both daughter and sister of grand dukes of Tuscany - was murdered in 1576 by her husband (the Roman nobleman Paolo... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2016
Florence, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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773 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Tradition says that in this villa duchess Isabella de Medici - both daughter and sister of grand dukes of Tuscany - was murdered in 1576 by her husband (the Roman nobleman Paolo Orsini) for committing adultery. The tradition is very persistent over time: among others, authors like John Webster and Alexandre Dumas gave it credit. However this is a legend,... More 

2 Thank Brun066
Florence, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

This building is not traditional beautiful, it was built as a Hunting Lodge for the Medici Family to spend time away from the City of Florence.However It was designed by the family's favourite architect of the time- Bernardo Buontalenti and has the double staircase he favoured in his designs. Inside they have maintained traditional furnishings and many paintings of the... More 

1 Thank penny_howard1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014

the mountain and forest of the Montalbano were reserved for the hunting of the Medici family. As they didn't want to go all the way back to the point where they started the hunt, they built several lodges to stay and enjoy the hunt. the one in Cerreto Guidi is a good example of this, showing gorgeous rooms and portraits... More 

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Paris, Canada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

The Villa Medici at Cerreto Guidi was a hunting lodge as witnessed by the family portraits where dogs are much in evidence, the tapestries depicting hunting scenes, and the fabulous hunting weapons, including muskets, carbines, pistols, and a fine display of hunting knives. In stark contrast, the peaceful atmosphere of the private chapel, and the cloistered garden, along with the... More 

2 Thank jean_wakefield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2014

uneaque , we strolled by and found it, a gem . we also stayed in the area and were happy to see that our hotel town has such nice old city. the museum is free and you can really understand how life for the rich looked like .

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

A lovely, peaceful place - you can imagine how important this family were to have this house. A very relaxed place in which you can see beautiful works of art at your own pace. Views from here are stunning. Highly recommend a visit.

1 Thank MrsV-from-Pendock
Waalre, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

In 2013, the famous Medici villa's were added to the UNESCO world heritage list. In preparation for this some 25 of these villa's were perfectly restaured and opened to the public (free entrance!). All of these villa's are decorated with often original furniture and paintings. Most villa's have beautiful gardens. One of the fine examples is situated in the old... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

Knock on the door and you are welcomed inside. A lady then follows you round the interesting exhibits- I tjhink you need to be Italian to add some conversation!. A slightly excentric experience not to be missed

3 Thank ianrmcdonald
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

What a quiet find! Lots of rooms with painting, weapons etc. and then an open terrace with Roman statues. Very grand and delightful. Just pull the bell and this lady lets you in. She follows you around but it 's fine. I was on my own in there.

3 Thank dexterLondon
Yelverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

A great little museum with stunning views and friendly staff

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