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Villa la Magia

Villa la Magia in Quarrata was built as a tower-house of the Panciatichi family from Pistoia in the fourteenth century. It was not until 1583 that the Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici purchased it and had it renovated by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti, who added an artificial lake to its landscape for fishing and for hunting wild ducks. Unfortunately, the lake no longer exists today, but it was painted in the lunettes by Giusto Utens in 1599. Villa la Magia was used for hunting trips as it was located on the border of the Medici family's Barco Reale hunting reserve, which stretched as far as Montalbano and was created at the behest of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I, a great hunting enthusiast.
The villa remained the property of the Medici family until 1645, when it passed to the Attavanti family of Castelfiorentino, who created a wonderful Italian garden, with geometric hedges, an example of topiary art, and a circular fountain; inside, they had the large rooms frescoed. Later on, the Amati Cellesi family had the lemon-houses built, as well as a romantic park with laurels and cypresses. In the year 2000, the Villa was purchased by the Municipality of Quarrata and was opened to the public.

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  • Progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi Legge n. 77 del 20 febbraio 2006 “Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale, inseriti nella “lista del patrimonio mondiale”, posti sotto la tutela dell’UNESCO”