Via del Torracchione, 8 - Cavallina - Barberino di Mugello
The first information about the villa are found in a document dated 1427 in which Jacopo di Francesco Pulci complaint to register ownership of a Florentine fortress in the City of Latera di Mugello. From the ancient fortified palace is a square courtyard, a portico with columns, an ancient well and a fragment of a tower. From 1457 to 1466 the town was the haunt of writers and scholars such as Luigi Pulci, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Mariotto Davanzati, Bernardo Gianbullari.
Here love songs and poems were written including La Nencia da Barberino and La Beca da Dicomano. In 1490 Antonia, widow of Bernardo Pulci, sold the property to Piero di Francesco Bettini who sold it to Marquis Guadagni who transformed it into a house as is indicated by a plaque on the front door.
The villa has been restored in the nineteenth century shows how we can see today.
The majestic front facade of the villa was renovated in XIX century and shows the striking geometric monochrome. The villa also has a huge entrance that is a few meters from the garden.
The building is situated on a peninsula, is therefore entirely surrounded by the lake.
Inside it retains all the fifteenth-century drawing of the rooms features a "flight" of salons that side until you reach the central hall at the "Jardin d'Hiver" enriched by a stone well in 1400. The great entrance, adorned by two large pictures that run the length of the walls, sweeping in a majestic alternation of salt.
The titanic gate shows the story of this ancient and historic property with the crests of the noble families of the Marquis Guadagni and the Conti Dufour Berte paintings that frame the great room. The adjacent rooms follow one another with alternating arms full of understated elegance where you can still hear the laughter imagining of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Luigi Pulci Mariotto Davanzati and Berdanrdo Giambullari.
The park was redesigned in 1800 by famous French architect Cambray-Digny. It seems that he had taken of the altitude of the place that has a high head on the back of the Villa. You can identify a number of small tracks entering the lane boundary, is still viable with the plane on which most high overlooking the main side of the old mansion. You can glimpse resting places preordained aiming at the visual of the Sieve Valley.
In the lawn, bounded by a fence, stands a majestic Cedar of Lebanon that shades the lawn. The side of the villa grove of "core" creates an enchanted atmosphere almost in opposition to the mystical atmosphere of the chapel dedicated to the villa.
The broad avenue, which departs from here, winds along the winding park with many old trees leading quietly in one of the most magical and amazing scenery of the Mugello.
Among the many examples include: Map, Atlas cedar, Cephalotaxus-fortunei-hok, Lawson Cypress, Diospyros, Beech, Tuja gigante, Picea obies, Picea orientalis, Holm, Opercus petra, Sequoia Sempervirens.
In the park you can also admire an extraordinary example of the California cypress species "Giganthea", recognized as the largest in the world.
The real gem of the park is a very special staircase embankment that starting from the top of the main road leads the visitor to the lowest floor of the park that is surrounded by the waters of Lake Bilancino. The atmosphere is created with these magical ingredients is unique and charming.
The staircase is divided by a border of Ortenzi where two statues are erected and remind to the spring. Along the avenue we see so many places to stop aiming at the preordained view of the Sieve Valley in the past now replaced by beautiful and romantic view of Lake Bilancino. The authors of the arrangement were the Marquesas Dofour Berte.
Schedule: Open by reservation only.