Florence — The Garden in the Castello Villa

Florence – The Garden in the Castello Villa

The Villa situated in Castello is one of the most ancient country residences which belonged to the Medici family, who had owned it since 1477. The villa was Cosimo I’s favourite. Cosimo I was highly fascinated by this beautiful  location, where he used to spend most of his  time. He was particularly  attached to the Garden, which was designed one year after his coronation as Grand Duke in 1538. Because of its symbolic and elegant aspect, the garden has been object of detailed studies and it is also seen as an allegory of the Prince’s power, identified with its statues, its fountains and its grottoes. Nowadays, the Villa is closed to the public, but visitors can access its beautiful Garden, where they can experience the richness of its fruits and the rarity of its plants, set among Classical and Renaissance sculptures. One of the most interesting spots in the garden is the Animal Grotto, where  once were ornamental water features, currently closed for restoration.

Further information  about the Garden in Castello can be found at Piccoligrandimusei

Entrance is free

Opening times  in October 2017
From October 1th the garden of Villa di Castello will be open every day 8.30-17.30 except for October 2th; only in the morning or just afternoon in the following days:

8.30-13.30 last admission  h 13.00

3 Tuesday
12 Thursday
13 Friday

13.00-17.30 last admission  h 17.00

6 Friday CLOSED We apologize for the inconvenience.
18 Wednesday
19 Thursday

Please, check opening and closing hours of the garden calling the number + 39 055 452691. We apologize for the inconvenience.

How to reach the Villa:

By plane: from Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport, you can reach Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station by bus (airport bus service VOLA IN BUS); from the railway station, take bus number 2 or 28.

By car: take the exit FIRENZE NORD on highway A1 and follow the directions to Sesto Fiorentino. When you reach R. Giulianistreet, follow the directions to the Villa.

By train: from  Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station take a regional train to Bologna. Get off at the Firenze- Castellostation.

By bus: from Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station take bus number 2 or 28. Get off at the Sestese 03 bus stop.

Accessibility for visitors with limited mobility : the path within the Garden is accessible in most parts.

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