This villa was named "La Ferdinanda" after Ferdinando I, who commissioned the work carried out by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1594-98. It was used by the Medici Grand Dukes primarily for hunts that were organized on the extensive neighboring Mount Albano reserve, which was first acquired by Cosimo. Noteworthy are the characteristic chimneys that line the roof of this villa. The villa also originally housed many treasures, including tapestries designed by Stradanodell'Allori which have now been moved, and the famous views of the Medici villas, painted in lunette by Giust Utens in 1599 and now in Florence's Com'era museum. Today, the villa is privately owned and is often used for banquets, receptions and conferences. Out of season the local archaeological museum is housed here, with many Etruscan and medieval artifacts on display. If you intend to follow hot on the trail of the Etruscans, the ancient Etruscan settlement of Artimino is well worth a visit. If you then head for Poggio a Caiano, you can pay a visit to the tomb of Montefortini where you can visit one of the two Etruscan tombs that have been unearthed.
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