The Medici Villa La Petraia

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, publications about and photos of Villa La Petraia can be found at Piccoli grandi musei.

Ingresso libero/ Free entrance


Da lunedì a domenica / From Monday to Sunday

8.30 – 16.30 / 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.
GIARDINO (GARDEN): ultimo ingresso 15.30/Last entrance 3.30 pm - Chiusura alle 16.30/Closing at 4.30 pm
VILLA: ultimo ingresso alle 15.40/Last entrance at 3.40 pm

8.30 – 17.30  / 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
GIARDINO (GARDEN): ultimo ingresso 16.30/Last entrance 4.30 pm - Chiusura alle 17.30/Closing at 5.30 pm
VILLA: ultimo ingresso 16.40/Last entrance at 4.40 pm

8.30 – 18.30/ 8.30 am - 18.30 pm
GIARDINO (GARDEN): ultimo ingresso 17.30/Last Entrance at 5.30 pm - Chiusura alle 18.30/Closing at 6.30 pm
VILLA: ultimo ingresso alle 17.40/Last entrance at 5.40 pmVisits to the Villa's interior are held every hour. 

Due to organizational problems, the first floor of the Villa may not always be accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience. It is not possible to book your visit in advance.

Closing days: every second and third Monday each month, January 1st, Christmas Day.

How to reach Villa La Petraia
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. Giuliani street, 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- Castello station.
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 disabilities/with limited mobility: only the Villa’s courtyard and ground floor are open to the public. The visit to the garden may present difficulties for people with limited mobility.

A snack area is available within the Villa.

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