The Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano: an excursion into Renaissance
The Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano, Prato, is one of the most interesting clues to Lorenzo the Magnificent’s grand aspirations and humanistic dreams. It also happens to be a place that is rich in historical, private and public memories.
This countryside retreat was designed for the famous Florentine nobleman of the Medici family by architect Giuliano da Sangallo; it was built and decorated by noted Renaissance artists from Florence and all of Tuscany, from Filippino Lippi to Andrea Sansovino, from Pontormo to Andrea del Sarto and Alessandro Allori.
Over the years, the wonderful halls of this architectural masterpiece – a model that countless villas would imitate – welcomed historical figures such as Pope Leo X, musician Niccolò Paganini, king Vittorio Emanuele II, and of course, numerous prominent personalities of outstanding Florentine lineage, some of which even got married here.
Just outside of Florence, it is a beautiful excursion into Renaissance.
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