Next up is La Magia, a Medici villa named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Lovers of fine interiors will have a field day, given its frescoed walls, gilded mirrors, monumental staircase and stuccoed lavishness. The 15th century home underwent restoration between the 17th and 18th centuries, with contributions from the Florentine Baroque and Rococo painters Giovanni Bagnoli and Giovanni Domenico Ferretti.
The villa also holds a sizable permanent collection of contemporary installations—such as the elaborate lighting system set up on the facade of the limonaia—and hosts temporary exhibitions, along with artist residencies. The villa is also home to the Museo del Filet, highlighting a type of embroidery that provided work opportunities and “lace liberation” for women beginning in the late 19th century.