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Villa di Pratolino: photos, description (Villa di Pratolino)

Villa di Pratolino - Villa in the Renaissance style in the town of Valle in Tuscany. She was almost completely demolished in 1820, the year, and its ruins became a part of Villa Demidoff, 12 km from Florence (the main road in the direction of Bologna).

The Villa was built for Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to be exact - for his wife, Venetian Bianca Capello. On the design of the Villa and gardens worked by the court architect Bernardo Buontalenti, also a former mechanic and engineer. He worked on the order from 1569 to 1581, the first years, but in 1579, the year the Villa was ready for the wedding of Francesco and Bianca. We should also mention the garden which was decorated in Mannerist style, he was laid out on the hillside to the Villa in the center. Michel de Montaigne, who visited the Villa in 1581, the year, was so impressed by the magnificence of the structure, compared it with the famous Villa d'este. Unfortunately, unlike other estates of the Medici family, the Villa di Pratolino was not preserved till our days in its original form.

After the death of Francesco I de Medici, the Villa was waiting for the devastation in the 18th century, some of the sculptures from her garden was taken for the decoration of the Boboli gardens, and the estate was gradually falling into decay. By the end of the 18th century occasional visitors to the Villa have described it as "romantic ruins". In 1820, the year it was decided to demolish the Villa and garden remodel in the English style - he was one of the most beautiful in Tuscany. In 1872 year, the estate was sold to Prince Pavel Pavlovich Demidov who restored one of the buildings - the room where lived the pages, and turned it into the Villa Demidoff di Pratolino. Later, the land was purchased by the province administration of Florence and transformed into a public Park, open to the public from may to September. Attraction of the Park is the colossal statue of "Appennino" (1579-1580 th.) of Gianbologna.