Villa Demidoff is what remains of the Villa Medicea of Pratolino. It was owned by the Medici family. Its renovation was entrusted to Buontalenti, which also produced a beautiful park with water games, artificial grottoes, mazes and much more. In 1822 the Lorraine demolished the original Villa. The Demidoff family decided to create the new villa in the secondary building of pages. The park surrounding the Villa Demidoff is one of the most important and large English gardens. Of great importance are the Chapel of Buontalenti and the fountain of the Colosso dell’Appennino. The park of the villa houses 99 different species of fauna and flora. You can see prestigious species such as white spruce, oak trees and monumental trees. Since 1981 the Villa belongs to the Province of Florence and is home to the Centro di Documentazione Internazionale Parchi. Villa Demidoff also hosts numerous cultural and musical events. Since 2013 it has also been included in the UNESCO list.
- From April 16 to October 29, 2017
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00 to 20:00.
- Free entry.
Groups can request guided tours that allow you to visit places that are normally closed to the public. There are two paths:
- Historical and artistic route: visit to the Buontalenti Chapel, Red Room, Cave of Cupid and Monstre in Fagianeria
- Nature trail: The route includes a visit to the park in an area not normally accessible by visitors. Guidance is mandatory.
- standard: 3 €
- under 12 years: free
- 4 working hours: 53 €
- 4 hours holiday/ night: 70 €
Reservations are required and advance payment by bank transfer.