Palazzo di Seravezza is a Medici villa that Cosimo I had built from 1560 to 1564 as an outpost in Versilia, an area that was hotly debated among Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Genoa, mostly because of its marble quarries.
The villa presents itself as a fortified palace, which served as a resting place for the Grand Duke, but that could turn into a defensive military structure if needed, given its solid structure.
Today, the palazzo is home to the public library and the Museum of Work and Popular Traditions of Historic Versilia, home to objects, instruments and furnishings that stem from some complex research, collection and documentation that took place in the early Seventies. The Medici palace, with its beautiful lawn in front and the Apuan Alps behind, often hosts important modern and contemporary art exhibitions.
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