Medicean Villa of Petraia
The Medici Villa of Petraia is one of the most fascinating Medici villas , thanks to its happy location in the landscape, to the excellence of the pictorial decorations , to the luxuriant nature of the park.
Just a few kilometers from Florence is the typical suburban residence, a refuge for the Medici grand dukes from the hardships of the city. An ancient fortified building, of which the large tower still remains, was enlarged towards the end of the sixteenth century to create the current villa and the surrounding land was excavated to frame it in the beautiful terraced garden.
The courtyard of the Medici Villa della Petraia , covered in the nineteenth century, is decorated with frescoes by Volterrano and Cosimo Daddi .
The famous bronze sculpture by Giambologna depicting Venus-Fiorenza , which completed the fountain of the same name formerly placed in the garden of the villa of Castello, is now placed inside to guarantee its conservation. Some openings of the Medici Villa of Petraia and the care of some green spaces are carried out thanks to the collaboration with the " Angeli del Bello " who work alongside the museum staff.