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Villa Medici Del Vascello


Villa Medici del Vascello immediately captures the attention for magnificence and uniqueness, bringing together in a single glance the austere forms of medieval fortress architecture and the refined elements of extra-urban noble villas.
Erected in 1407 as a defensive fortress, already from the second half of the ‘400 it was started to that slow process of transformation that led it to become a real noble country residence. The first signs of the changed intended use were impressed by an illustrious hostess, Cecilia Gallerani, the famous Lady with an Ermine masterfully portrayed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1489. A woman of great charm and refined intelligence, Cecilia animated a small Renaissance court in San Giovanni in Croce, hosting and entertaining artists and writers of the Lombard Renaissance.
The period of maximum splendor came in the nineteenth century, when Giuseppe Soresina-Vidoni, prince of the Austrian Empire, built the large park that develops adjacent to the Villa for an area of 12 hectares. It is an English garden, according to the fashion of the time, marked by originality, where there is a panoramic lake with sinuous shapes and various buildings in different styles. The park is a real jewel for lovers of botany and not only: many tree and shrub species present, including some exotic plants among the first imported into Europe, which have been able to create the ideal habitat for a varied fauna.
Purchased by the Municipality of San Giovanni in Croce in 2005, later restored and saved from degradation caused by a long period of neglect that would have caused its destruction, it has been open to the public since May 2014.
Villa Medici del Vascello and its park are now brought back to life together with the charm of their history and love for art and beauty: a grace for the eyes, mind and heart.
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