The Carmignano Wine Trail does not only visit vineyards and wineries. Carmignano vaunts a wealth of artworks and architectural masterpieces and is one of the most important areas for archeological excavations. Visitors can admire the Visitation, a masterpiece by Pontormo, Etruscan tombs and their artefacts, Romanesque churches, Medici villas and many other places or places that are at once incredibly beautiful and historically important.
After visiting Carmignano, a potential Medici-themed itinerary leads to Poggio a Caiano, a Medici villa particularly favoured by Lorenzo the Magnificent, Francesco I and Ferdinand. In 1473, Lorenzo, the most learned man in the family, purchased a “manor house” in the town of Poggio a Caiano, nestled in a small plain near the Ombrone torrent, as well as vast stretches of the wild countryside that surrounded the residence.
The Poggio a Caiano estate comprises the villa, its park, the Scuderie and the Cascine di Tavola. The complex as a whole is home to stunning architecture and artworks. The farmland and agricultural companies nearby are also impressive.
The other immense Medici villa, in Artimino, was built by Grand Duke Ferdinando I on the namesake hill at the end of the 1500s. Also in this case, the imposing building is linked to the territory, as it’s located in the middle of the Barco Reale, a massive hunting reserve that was passionately looked after by the Grand Duke himself.