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 Villa of Castello 

Address: Via di Castello, 47- Tel. 055/454791 Località Castello (Florence)
How to get there: by car state highway direction "Sesto Fiorentino" by coach- ATAF bus 28
Just a few steps from the Villa of Petraia lies the equally famous "Villa of Castello" which was one of the country houses of the Medici and then the Lorraine. The interior of the villa, not open to the public, is now the seat if the "Accademia della Crusca" (founded in Florence in 1583, its purpose is that of safeguarding and documenting the Italian language).
The garden though is well worth a visit - originally planned by Tribolo but considerably modified - with the famous fountain of Hercules and Antaeus (the sculptural group by Ammannati is at present being restored). The fascinating grotto has two sarcophagus-shaped basins on which a variety of animals sculptured by Giambologna and his school are to be found.


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