This extraordinary venue is a patrician villa located in Fiesole and overlooking the historical centre of Florence. The history of this villa is fascinating. We know that it was in existence at the end of the 14th century.
The villa’s historical gardens are credited with being the paradisal setting for the frame story of Boccaccio’s Decameron.
Queen Victoria chose Villa Palmieri as her vacation several times in the late 19th century.
Indeed in 1888, 1893 and 1894, Queen Victoria visited Florence and stayed at this Villa with some members of her government. She was visited there by the Italian King and Queen. Some labels on trees of the Villa park record the three visits of Queen Victoria to this gorgeous Villa.
The stunning gardens of the Villa were restructured in 1697, sweeping away all vestiges of the earlier arrangements to create a south-facing terrace, an arcaded loggia of five bays, and the symmetrically paired curved stairs that lead to the lemon garden in the lower level. The lemon garden survives. Statues and garden vases abound in the gardens.
In 1873 part of the Villa grounds were recreated in the fashionable English naturalistic landscape manner of parkland dotted with specimen trees and also plantings of exotic, tender plants.
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