Address: Via dei Ponti Medicei, 7 - Tel. 0571/55707 (Cerreto Guidi)
How to get there: by car throughway Florence-Livorno, exit Empoli - by train and coach train as far as Empoli COPIT bus from Empoli to Cerreto Guidi
Built for Cosimo de' Medici, Medici, first Grand-Duke of
Tuscany: in 1565, the villa was
terminated with the collaboration of Buontalenti, who designed
the imposing staircase known also as "Ponti Medicei".
Sadly famous as the scene of the murder of lsabella de' Medici,
the residence was planned as a stropover and the way to the other
villas in the area.
Various changes were made in the course of the centuries and it
was also plundered after being used to garrison troops during the
It is now the seat of a museum which contains various portraits
of the members of the Medici family, as well as a selection of