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A grand manor in the Tuscan hills, Villa Caruso sits among rambling grounds, classic gardens and breathtaking views. There are several events held throughout the year on the grounds, from concerts to drama to private events. The Villa Caruso has a long association with the arts and was a long association with tenor Enrico Caruso.
San Miniato is historic comune in the beautiful province of Pisa. Located on top of three hills, the place offers spectacular view of the nearby areas with lots of important landmarks. Some important attractions include The Tower of Frederick, Palazzo Comunale, The Diocesan Museum, The Duomo (Cathedral), The church of San Domenico and a lot more. The place is also known for its white truffle plantation and hosts an event dedicated to it every year in the month of November.
With a beautiful garden in the in the front yard, Villa La Màgia is one of the few Medician structures that are present today. Built long before the battles between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, this villa today is a significant landmark and a tourist spot, not just to the tourists, but also to the locals too.
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.
Palazzo degli Alberti is a historic location right in the heart of Prato. Apart from its unique architecture and history, the palace is most noted for its gallery which includes a stellar collection of 17th and 18th century paintings and sculptures. Works of famous painters namely Matteo Rosselli, Jacopo Vignali, Giovan Battista Vanni and many more await to be admired here at this beautiful palace.
Located in the heart of Prato, the Castello dell'Imperatore, or the Emperor's Castle, was built by the emperor Frederick II in 1240. Do visit this grand structure and be mesmerized by its beauty and imposing grandeur.
Once home to one of the richest merchants in the country Francesco Datini, the Palazzo Datini was built on series of existing buildings at the end of the 14th Century. Over the years, the palace has been modified to preserve the aesthetic value of the structure, some of which can be observed from the artistic frescoes on the facade of the building. The three story palace, today, houses Archivio di Stato (State Archives) and a library that consists of various documents, books and information material belonging to Francesco Datini. Call for more information.