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Villa Medicea "Ambra" di Poggio a Caiano
Piazza dei Medici 14, 59016 Poggio-a-Caiano Driving directions
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Opening hours

park: 8.15am-1hr before dusk; apartments: Apr-Oct every hr 8.30am-5.30pm (6.30pm in summer); rest of year 8.30am-3.30pm - closed 3rd Mon of the month

Description

The best surviving example of a quintessential Tuscan villa, the Medici Villa "Ambra" was altered in the 18C-19C (pediment and staircase). Many of the rooms were decorated in the 19C for King Vittorio Emanuele II. Note the unusual coffered ceiling in the magnificent first floor drawing room and, among the frescoes, works by Pontormo representing Pomona and Vertumnus (god of Spring). A Still-Life museum (second floor) has over 200 works from the 16C-18C, drawn from the Medici collections.

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