Villa Medici

Via Beato Angelico 2 - Fiesole

Villa Medici - Fiesole

One of the oldest properties to have belonged to the Medici family, the villa was built by order of Giovanni di Cosimo il Vecchio between 1451 and 1457.

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Sold in the 17th century, it passed through many hands before finally being bought by Horace Walpole's sister-in-law Lady Margaret Orford in 1772.
The villa became a favourite haunt of the Anglo-American community between the 19th and 20th centuries, being owned in turn by William Blundell Spence (from 1862 to 1897), Lady Sybil Cutting (widow of William Bayard Cutting and mother of authoress Iris Origo) whose second marriage was to writer Geoffrey Scott (1909–11), and the MacCalmans (1911–59).

Today the garden primarily reflects the work of architect Cecil Pinsent, who redesigned it for Lady Cutting in neo-Renaissance style between 1911 and 1923.