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Newest Wonders of the World: Medici Villas and Gardens

Courtesy of UNESCO/Adriano Bartolozzi

Medici Villas and Gardens, Tuscany, Italy

During the Renaissance, any self-respecting Florentine family of means owned a vast farm outside the city gates. But when the powerful Medicis began building princely country estates, these wealthy patrons of the arts innovated a whole new approach to form and function—living in harmony with nature with an eye toward leisure and learning. These 12 villas and two pleasure gardens are exquisite examples of an architectural and landscape ideal that lives on today.

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