Poggio a Caiano
Poggio a Caiano, the city of the Medici Villas’ queen.
Poggio a Caiano is known for many gems, but one in particular is the Medici Villa. The “Bel Paese” (meaning “beautiful village”), located on the banks of the Ombrone river, strongly identifies itself with the magnificent Medici residence. The Villa, commissioned by Lorenzo the Magnificent, got the name “Ambra”, recalling a myth that gave the place even more value and charm.
Designed between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by the architect Sangallo, the Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano is truly a masterpiece. This building is considered a rarity since it was a holiday resort and a place of land administration, open and free from attacks, which is the reason why it has not fortifications. Today is a UNESCO site and its splendor is still endless. Its elegant halls are marvelous and its garden and the lemon house are delightful. The Medici family’s passion for nature and botany is also shown in the Still life museum. In this place there are also the Medici stables, where horses and knights used to rest and where now you can find twentieth-century artist Ardengo Soffici’s works, in a museum dedicated to him.
Via Cancellieri, 4
59016 Poggio a Caiano (PO)