Recommendation by Lemi
The Medici dynasty originated around Cafaggiolo, in the countryside north of the Florentine metropolis. Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo, one of their early properties, remained the family’s favorite. They entertained Popes, royalty, and artists here. Cosimo even employed the leading architect of the time, Michelozzo, to remodel the old castle into something more in-fashion. It was a stark contrast to the life Cosimo’s father led. Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici built an empire as a banker and wool merchant. The foundation he laid paved the way for his son, Cosimo, and his descendants to rise up in power. Now, the villa is prized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It’s currently closed to the public due to restorations, so keep updated online as they will soon welcome back visitors!