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Parco Mediceo di Pratolino (Villa Demidoff)
Parco Mediceo di Pratolino (Villa Demidoff)

The Parco Mediceo di Pratolino, UNESCO World Heritage site with the Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany, is a few kilometres away from Florence. In 1568 Francesco I de' Medici bought the Pratolino estate and commisioned Bernardo Buontalenti to build a beautiful mansion with artificial caves, machines and automatons. Known also as Villa Demidoff for the Russian family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists who purchased it in 1872, the park was finished in 1581 and housed works by Cellini, Giambologna, Bandinelli, Ammannati, and many ancient works from the Medici collections. Called by contemporaries “the wonderland park”, you can see still today some “wonders” as the Colossus of the Apennines by Giambologna, the grotto of Cupid, the fountain of the Mugnone and the chapel by Buontalenti.

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