Villa di Artimino (Tenuta di Artimino)
In 1596, Ferdinando I de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, commissioned the famous Italian architect architect Bernardo Buontalenti to build a hunting villa, which quickly became the court and estate of the Grand Duke and Duchess. Today, Villa Artimino is one of twelve villas and two gardens collectively granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
Travelers may discover this fabulous Tuscan villa on a private tour that followsxa0 in the footsteps of Florence’s Medici rulers, through their beautifully landscaped estate and the stately rooms of the mansion, decked out in lavish period furnishings, original frescoes. (Of special note is the roasting spit designed by Leonardo da Vinci.) Afterwards, a tour may make a visit to the nearby medieval hamlet of Artimino to taste local wines paired with Tuscan gastronomy.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- Tour may include guide, round trip hotel transport, but not food or drink.
- Check specific tours for details.
- During the summer especially, bring your sun protection.
- Part of the villa has been converted into a hotel; visitors must arrive as part of a tour or book in advance independently.
How to Get There
Villa Artimino is in the hills of Carmignano in Artimino, Tuscany. From Florence, drive west along SS67 about 16 miles (26 kilometers) and expect the trip to take about 45 minutes. As for public transportation, there is no direct route, so take the train to Signa, then the NMB bus toxa0Montefortino, and the Lam Azz bus to Artimino.
When to Get There
Villa Artimino is open year-round. The best times to visit Tuscany, in terms of the most temperate and pleasurable climate, is during springtime (April, May, June) and autumn (September and October). Perennially a popular destination, crowds are always present in Tuscany, though start to diminish in October and November.
Chimneys, Chimneys, Chimneys
In the times of the Medici, Villa Artimino was known as La Ferdinanda after its owner Ferdinando, but it also has a second nickname, Villa dei Cento Camini (Villa of 100 Chimneys). Ferdinando I suffered from gout and demanded a modern (for that time) heating system be installed. So in every room, a chimney was built, each one different from the other. And now, the villa’s trademark multitude of chimneys are visible from miles away.
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum (Museo Leonardiano di Vinci)
- Brancacci Chapel (Cappella Brancacci)
- San Frediano
- Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella
- Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
- Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
- Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (Basilica di Santa Maria Novella)
- Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
- Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)
- Buontalenti Grotto (Grotta del Buontalenti)
- St Mark’s Anglican Church
- Ponte Santa Trinita
- Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)
- Perseus Statue
- Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery