Also known as the “Hundred chimneys’ villa”, the Villa La Ferdinanda was built in 1596 by Ferdinand I de Medici and designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Originally used as a hunting lodge, it was Ferdinando’s favorite palace; he was in love with the Montalbano area’s mild climate and clean air.
“I’ve been to Artimino today, and Your Highness can believe I found spring” he wrote to his wife, Christine of Lorraine, on 19th January 1596. Although over the years the villa’s original furnishings have been removed, today you’ll find many original frescoes, a fireplace for each room and a still-operative prototype of a roaster designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Listed as a UNESCO World heritage site in 2013, La Ferdinanda and its park have become a location for events, weddings and business meetings.