The estate in Pratolino was bought in 1568 by Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici, who entrusted Buontalenti with the task of transforming it into a villa. Left in ruins by Ferdinand III and Leopold II of Lorraine, the villa was demolished and the park landscaped into an English-style garden. Sometime later, the estate was bought by Prince Paolo Demidoff, who, in 1872, had the pages’ quarters turned into the existing villa. On August 4, 1981, the complex was bought by the Province of Florence for public use.
The park is magnificent, with traces of artificial caves and fountains. Of the original Renaissance structure what is left today is the colossal statue-fountain of the Apennine by Giambologna with the adjacent lake, the statue of the Mugnone and the hexagonal chapel designed by Buontalenti, with its lead-laminated cupola supported by 14 stone columns. Dirt roads, paths and tracks run for kilometres and kilometres through the park’s breath-taking natural surroundings.
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