Villa del Poggio Imperiale, Florence

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Villa del Poggio Imperiale (English: Villa of the Imperial Hill) is a predominantly neoclassical former grand ducal villa in Arcetri, just to the south of Florence in Tuscany, central Italy. Beginning as a villa of the Baroncelli of Florence, it was seized by the Medici, became the home of a homicidal and unfaithful husband, and a lavish retreat for a Grand Duchess with imperial pretensions. Later given to Napoleon's sister, it was reclaimed by the hereditary rulers of Tuscany before being finally converted to a prestigious girls' school. During its long history, it has often been at the centre of Italy's turbulent history, and has been rebuilt and redesigned many times.
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  • Walked from middle of Florence to this place, just to find it's a school and not open to the public. Not speaking Italian, I presume visiting is by special arrangement.  more »
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  • Cultural heritage at the highest level something you can't forget.
  • Gorgeous when there are no cars parked everywhere. I love walking in this beautiful area, tree-lined avenues... And then you arrive at this beautiful clearing and every time you are fascinated... You are in front of the story and you can only admire the elegant building.
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