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Florence wheelchair users accessible Villa la Petraia guided excursions.


The Medici Villa of Petraia forms, together with the Italian style garden and the romantic park that surrounds it, a very interesting museum complex both in term of architectural decoration and because of the furniture is it still preserves in its interior.

Florence wheelchair users accessible Villa la Petraia guided excursions is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful Medici villas.

The old castle that already existed in 1362 changed owners several times and was finally acquired by the Medici when they returned to Florence in 1530.

After crossing the vestibule, the first impression of Villa della Petraia is its extremely beautiful inner courtyard.

The frescoes on the main walls narrate the exploits of Godfrey of Bouillon at the capture of Jerusalem, a work by Cosimo Daddi that dates back to the last decade of the 16th century.

In the first half of the 19th century, the romantic park was created on a project by Bohemian architect Joseph Frietsch.

The function of the park is to connect La Petraia and Castello by means of an alley, from which depart walks and footpaths, that climb up the hill, skirting brooks and lakes.

Florence wheelchair users accessible Villa la Petraia guided excursions grounds are a splendid example of an Italian formal garden, the third to be planned after the gardens of Castello and Boboli, and are arranged on several levels to make the most of the irregular slopes that surround the villa on three sides.

Each level is linked to the others by flights of steps and has its own particular function in the garden. The villa can also be associated with the name of Galileo Galilei.

It was precisely from La Pietraia that Lodovico Incontri sent Galileo "two flasks of sour cherry wine from La Pietraia", inviting him to inform His Highness should he desire others.

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