Visiting the Villa
From 4th May to 3rd November the itinerary "Visiting the Masterpieces of Villa La Quiete" reopens its doors to the public. To mark the reopening a new exhibition in the SS Trinità Church has been set up: "Three Sculptures of the Renaissance at Villa La Quiete. Recoveries and Restorations."
Visiting days and times
In the months of May, June and September, two visits a day on Saturdays and Sundays, at 3pm and 5pm.
In July and August two visits a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6 pm and 8 pm. The Villa will be closed on 15th August.
In October and on the first weekend of November, one visit per day on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.
The Villa can be visited only with a guided tour (duration: 1.5 hr), booking is required.
Both admission and guided tour are free of charge.
"From Botticelli to Foggini: itineraries of Florentine art at Villa La Quiete"
The visitors, welcomed by the guides in front of the entrance to the courtyard of the Villa, will enter through the Hall of the sixteenth-century masterpieces and then proceed to the church of the Holy Trinity. Once inside the villa, through the entrance corridor, visitors will reach the "courtyard of the lantern", from which they can admire the seventeenth-century pharmacy. The visit ends with frescoed rooms and a stop at the terrace overlooking the Italian garden. Visitors can enjoy from there great views of the town and the hills.
In the room once used as a refectory, there are sixteenth-century altarpieces from the church and the monastery of San Jacopo di Ripoli, in Via della Scala in Florence. Among these are the Coronation of the Virgin by Sandro Botticelli and his workshop and the Madonna with Child and Saints by Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and Michele Tosini. On the occasion of the reopening, it is also shown for the first time the Coat of Arms of Pope Leo X in polychrome wood.
The interior of the church houses the cenotaph of the Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622-1694), who commissioned the construction of the church itself, created by Giovan Battista Foggini, the sepulchre of the Venerable Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo, the eighteenth-century Painted Cross attributed to Coppo di Marcovaldo, the silver ciborium by Adriano Haffner, the large canvas by Giuseppe Nicola Nasini and Giuseppe Tonelli on the ceiling and that of Francesco Curradi, above the main altar.
The Interior of the Villa
Passing through the entrance hall visitors can admire the majolica crater vases made by the renowned porcelain manufacturer Ginori in the late nineteenth century. The covered "courtyard of the lantern" represents the "heart" of Villa La Quiete; the oldest part of the building, although modified in the nineteenth century, below which was the kitchen of the Montalve Ladies who lived in this place for over three centuries.
The seventeenth-century pharmacy and the orange-tree garden still bear witness to the link between their contemplative and active life that has always characterized the history of the Montalve Ladies, dedicated not only to prayer but also to the cultivation of medicinal herbs and the preservation of numerous aromatic plants that even today release extraordinary fragrances.
The Frescoed Rooms and the Garden of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici
Lastly, the rooms painted with frescoes in 1726 by Benedetto Fortini and the garden are still vivid evidence of the presence of the last Grand Duchess of the Medici family: Anna Maria Luisa (1667-1743), Electress of the Palatinate. When she returned to Florence in 1716, she had an Italian garden created at Villa La Quiete, her chosen retreat, from 1724 onwards, for the months of May and October. As well as that, Anna Maria Luisa had the two rooms on the ground floor decorated with frescoes from floor to ceiling. The frescoes are so well preserved to this day that the effect is as stunning as it was back then.