Medici Escapes

The Villa di Castello on the hills around Florence was once the elected country residence of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici. The garden is a masterpiece of the Renaissance design.

The celebrated court artist Tribolo created the innovative design just for Cosimo and transformed the layout into a celebration of the Medici duke. Thanks to the careful restoration the garden again displays an incredible collection of rare botanical species, especially the citrus plants so dear to the Medici family.

You can easily reach the villa with private transportation (by car or taxi) in a half hour ride or we can use public transportation if you prefer. The tour of Castello gives you the opportunity to leave the hot city center with its crowds behind and enjoy the beauty of the garden almost by yourself.

I will show you every corner of the park together with the highlights such as the famous Grotto of the Animals which has amazed generations of visitors from the Renaissance age to the present day.

Price: 120,00 €Duration: 02h00

This was an outstanding tour that gave a great insight not only to the gardens but also the historical context – would highly recommend. You don’t need to be a gardener!

Johnny, June, 2019

Wonderful journey with Valentina as she provided history of the garden and also interesting stories about the Medici family. It is rare to be able to see the garden from a different point of view, at the end there was a special treat to see one of the ghrottos as well. Thank you.

Lisa, September, 2018

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