Famous among the historical Barberino di Mugello attractions is the Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo. The term “Medicea” means “belonging to the Medici family”. The villa was actually once a castle, which probably dated to medieval times, and which was renovated extensively to be made into a princely country residence in 1451, on order of Cosimo de Medici. It maintained, however, many aspects of its fortress past, such as a tower, a moat and a drawbridge. It was particularly loved by Lorenzo de Medici, also known as “Lorenzo the Magnificent”, grandson of Cosimo. Lorenzo was known to spend most of his summers at the villa, accompanied by his group of philosophers.
It was renovated numerous times throughout the years and in 1537, hunting grounds were added. Adjacent to the villa was also added a majolica factory, where precious majolica ceramics were made. Renovations completed in the 1800s eliminated many of the original characteristics of the structure. Today, it is somewhat of a museum. Visitors can walk through many of the corridors that were once walked by the powerful Florentine family, admiring the portraits of various members of the Medici clan. You’ll get to see part of the majolica factory, things written by the illustrious guests of the villa, historical renaissance costumes and, finally, the majestic grounds of the villa, characterized by trees that are hundreds of years old. Go online to check out the hours of the villa, as well as convenient hotels in Barberino di Mugello that are located in the vicinity of the villa.
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