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Thanks to the talent of Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tects and the great riches of their clients, beau­ti­ful palaces are scat­tered across Tus­cany like con­fetti on the dance­floor at a wed­ding. Villa Michele was built by the Medici fam­ily – the cen­turies-long rulers of Florence and Europe’s most fa­mous bankers. Their love of art is re­flected in the fres­coes and abun­dance of other art­work and dec­o­ra­tive or­na­men­ta­tion in the palazzo, which is un­usual in that it has a clock tower above its front en­trance. Three kilo­me­tres from cen­tral Florence, the palace is sit­u­ated within its own pri­vate park and has two re­cep­tion rooms, eight bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms within its 20,000sqft in­te­rior. Dur­ing a restora­tion in 2001, a gym and other con­tem­po­rary ameni­ties were added to the 17th-cen­tury res­i­dence. The Medi­cis knew how to throw a party and the lower ground floor of the palace, with its vaulted ceil­ing and cob­bled floors, makes a great place for rus­tic din­ners and en­ter­tain­ing; wine cel­lars are to the rear. Within its 12 hectares of grounds are three fur­ther res­i­dences (all re­stored) and land­scaped gar­dens, arable land, olive groves, park­land, a swim­ming pool and a tree-lined av­enue lead­ing up to the villa – per­fect for mak­ing that grand en­trance.



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