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Poggio a Caiano

  • Piazza dei Medici 14 Map It
  • Prato
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

For a look at gracious country living Renaissance style, take a detour to the Medici villa in Poggio a Caiano. Lorenzo "il Magnifico" (1449–92) commissioned Giuliano da Sangallo (circa 1445–1516) to redo the villa, which was lavished with frescoes by important Renaissance painters such as Pontormo (1494–1556), Franciabigio (1482–1525), and Andrea del Sarto (1486–1531). You can walk around the austerely ornamented grounds while waiting for one of the hourly villa tours, which start on the half-hour. The guides do not speak, but follow you around the place.

Sight Information

Address:

Piazza dei Medici 14, 7 km (4½ miles) south of Prato (follow signs), Prato, Tuscany, 59100, Italy

Map It

Phone:

055-877012

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 06/20/2007

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