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The Villa Medici
Villa Medici
at Careggi is a patrician villa in the hills near Florence, Tuscany, central Italy. History[edit] The villa was among the first[1] of a number of Medici villas, notable as the site of the Platonic academy founded by Cosimo de' Medici, who died at the villa in 1464. Like most villas of Florentine families, the villa remained a working farm that helped render the family self-sufficient. Cosimo's architect there, as elsewhere, was Michelozzo, who remodelled the fortified villa which had something of the character of a castello. Its famous garden is walled about, like a medieval garden, overlooked by the upper-storey loggias, with which Michelozzo
Michelozzo
cautiously opened up the villa's structure. Michelozzo's Villa Medici in Fiesole
Villa Medici in Fiesole
has a more outward-looking, Renaissance character. The property was purchased in 1417. At the death of Giovanni di Bicci, Cosimo il Vecchio set about remodelling the beloved villa around its loggia-enclosed central courtyard. His grandson Lorenzo extended the terraced gardens and the shaded boschi. Marsilio Ficino, who died at the villa in 1499, was a central member of the academy. Lorenzo de' Medici
Lorenzo de' Medici
died at the villa in 1492, after which it was ignored for a time until about 1615, when Cardinal Carlo de' Medici undertook extensive projects to remodel the interior, and bring the garden up to date. The villa property was purchased from the Lorraine heirs of the Medici in 1779 by Vincenzo Orsi; the Orsi heirs sold it to an Englishman, Francis Sloane, in 1848: Sloane planted exotics in the landscape: Cedar of Lebanon
Cedar of Lebanon
and Himalayan cedars, Californian sequoias, arbutus from the eastern Mediterranean and palms, which give the grounds their feeling of an arboretum. Today the villa belongs to the Tuscan public administration.[2] It is currently in a process of restoration and is closed to the public until at least 2020. Notes[edit]

^ The Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
and the Villa Medicea del Trebbio
Villa Medicea del Trebbio
in the valley of the Mugello had been previous purchases. ^ "Ville e Giardini Medicei - Villa di Careggi". Regione.Toscana.it. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 

References[edit]

Villa Medicea Careggi

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House of Medici

People

Lords of Florence

Cosimo il Vecchio Piero "The Gouty" Lorenzo il Magnifico Giuliano Piero il Fatuo Giovanni (Leo X) Giuliano Lorenzo II Giulio (Clement VII) Ippolito Alessandro "The Moor"

Dukes of Florence

Alessandro "The Moor" Cosimo I

Grand Dukes of Tuscany

Cosimo I Francesco I Ferdinando I Cosimo II Ferdinando II Cosimo III Gian Gastone

Queens

Caterina Maria

Popes

Leo X Clement VII Leo XI

Cardinals

male line: Giovanni (Leo X) Giulio (Clement VII) Ippolito Alessandro (Leo XI) Giovanni Ferdinando I Carlo Giovan Carlo Leopoldo Francesco Maria Francesco female line: Luigi de' Rossi Giovanni Salviati Innocenzo Cybo Bernardo Salviati Niccolò Ridolfi Lorenzo Strozzi Ferrante Gonzaga Vincenzo II Gonzaga

Bishops and archbishops

Filippo Bernardo Antonio Giuliano Zanobi

Condottieri

Giovanni dalle Bande Nere Don Giovanni Mattias

Genealogy

Genealogical tables of the House of Medici

Festina Lente

Buildings

Villas

Cafaggiolo Trebbio Careggi Fiesole La Quiete Collesalvetti Poggio a Caiano Castello Mezzomonte Agnano Spedaletto La Petraia Camugliano Stabbia La Topaia Cerreto Guidi Marignolle Arena Metato Poggio Imperiale Lapeggi L'Ambrogiana La Màgia Liliano Coltano Montevettolini Artimino Buti Seravezza Madama

Palaces

Casino Mediceo di San Marco Palazzo Medici Riccardi Palazzo Madama Palazzo Pitti Villa Medici Palazzo Medici Tornaquinci Livorno Palazzo delle Vedove Pisa Materdei Palazzo Medici di Ottaviano

Fountains and gardens

Medici fountain Villa di Pratolino

Fortresses

Arezzo Grosseto Piombino Pistoia San Piero a Sieve Siena Volterra

Chapels

Cappelle medicee The Chapel of Medici di Gragnano

Patronage

Painters, sculptors and architects

Bartolomeo Ammannati Sandro Botticelli Filippo Brunelleschi Michelangelo Bernardo Buontalenti Leonardo da Vinci Donatello Michelozzo Antonio del Pollaiolo Jacopo della Quercia Giorgio Vasari

Poets and other literary figures

Agnolo Poliziano Niccolò Machiavelli

Humanists and philosophers

Pico della Mirandola Marsilio Ficino

Scientists

Galileo Galilei

Musicians

Emilio de' Cavalieri Jacopo Peri

Heraldry

Medici coat of arms Crown of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Order of Saint Stephen

Institutions

Medici Bank

Art

Medici lions Medici porcelain Medici Vase Venus de' Medici Arazzeria Medicea

Related

Medici giraffe Galilean moons Stories set to music: "opera" Albizzi Pazzi conspiracy Savonarola

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Tourism in Florence

Religious sites

Basilicas

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore S Lorenzo

Medici Chapel

S Croce

Baroncelli and Pazzi Chapels

S Maria Novella

Tornabuoni Chapel

SS Annunziata S Marco S Miniato al Monte S Maria del Carmine

Brancacci Chapel

S Trinita

Bartolini Salimbeni Chapel Sassetti Chapel

S Spirito

Churches

Badia Fiorentina Battistero di San Giovanni S Mary of the Angels Certosa Orsanmichele Ognissanti Oratorio dei Vanchetoni Oratory of Gesù Pellegrino Oratory of S Thomas Aquinas San Frediano in Cestello S Gaetano S Giovannino degli Scolopi S Giovannino dei Cavalieri S Jacopo sopr'Arno S Salvatore al Vescovo S Ambrogio S Felicita Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi S Maria Maggiore S Martino del Vescovo Ss Apostoli S Pancrazio S Salvi Ss Simone e Giuda S Stefano al Ponte

Other

Great Synagogue

Museums, galleries and palaces

Bargello Casa Buonarroti Casa Guidi Galleria dell'Accademia

David

Garden of Archimedes Loggia
Loggia
del Bigallo Loggia
Loggia
del Mercato Nuovo Loggia
Loggia
del Pesce Loggia
Loggia
Rucellai Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Museo Galileo Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia Museo Nazionale di San Marco Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze

La Specola

National Archaeological Museum Orsanmichele Ospedale degli Innocenti Palazzo dell'Arte dei Beccai Palazzo Davanzati Palazzo Gondi Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Magi Chapel

Palazzo Pitti

Museo delle Porcellane

Palazzo Vecchio

Studiolo of Francesco I

Palazzo Spini Feroni Stibbert Museum Uffizi

Loggia
Loggia
dei Lanzi Vasari Corridor

Towers (Torri)

degli Amidei degli Alberti dei Della Bella dei Gianfigliazzi dei Mannelli dei Pulci Giotto's Campanile

Library

Biblioteca Riccardiana
Biblioteca Riccardiana
at Palazzo Medici Riccardi British Institute of Florence Gabinetto Vieusseux
Gabinetto Vieusseux
(Palazzo Strozzi) Kunsthistorisches Institut Laurentian Library National Central Library

Landmarks

Fountain
Fountain
of Neptune Giotto's Campanile Ponte Vecchio Monument to Dante

Theatres

Teatro Comunale Florence Teatro della Pergola Teatro Verdi

Squares

Squares of Florence Piazza del Duomo Piazza della Repubblica Piazza della Signoria Piazza Santa Croce Piazzale Michelangelo

Streets

Via Cavour Via de' Tornabuoni

Fort

Belvedere Fortezza da Basso

Gardens and parks

Boboli Gardens Giardino Bardini Giardino dell'Iris Giardino delle rose Orto Botanico di Firenze Parco delle Cascine

Villas

Medici villas

di Castello La Petraia di Careggi Medicea L'Ambrogiana del Poggio Imperiale

Gamberaia I Tatti Il Gioiello La Pietra Rusciano

Events and traditions

Calcio Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Scoppio del carro

Districts of Florence
Florence
• Trams in Florence

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Medici villas
Medici villas
and gardens in Tuscany

Agnano L'Ambrogiana Arena Metato Artimino Boboli Gardens Buti Cafaggiolo Camugliano Careggi Castello Cerreto Guidi Collesalvetti Coltano Fiesole Lappeggi Lilliano La Magia Marignolle Mezzomonte Montevettolini La Petraia Poggio a Caiano Poggio Imperiale Pratolino Gardens of Pratolino La Quiete Seravezza Spedaletto Stabbia La Topaia Trebbio

Coordinates: 43°48′33.88″N 11°14′58.28″E / 43.8094111°N 11.2495222°E / 43.8

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