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Once the Medici Villas in and around Florence were brought together under UNESCO heritage... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
DrLIndsay
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New South Wales, Australia
Colossus of the Appenines

I was visiting this park to see the Colossus and it certainly did not disappoint. The statue is... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
frankb8
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Once the Medici Villas in and around Florence were brought together under UNESCO heritage management the Villa Demidoff (its C19 name) has been the subject of restoration and improvement, still underway. Now a poor imitation of a C18 English Park, the original C16 water-animated garden...More

4  Thank DrLIndsay
Reviewed 26 September 2017

I was visiting this park to see the Colossus and it certainly did not disappoint. The statue is huge and overlooks a lake with water lilies. Only a short distance from Florence, we made the stop on our way to Bologna and glad we did.

1  Thank frankb8
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This is a very impressive sculpture of stone and brick created in 1579-80--open to the public on weekends and holidays--free entrance and parking. The villa is not open to the public, however. There is a snack bar and restrooms on site, and on a beautiful...More

1  Thank Nancy171717
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I highly recommend getting out of the crazy tourist filled Florence city center and take the bus (only 30 minutes from San Marco) or better yet take a motorbike to see this park. The park is large and we were one of maybe 10 people...More

3  Thank Laura N
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

A very nice park about 15km outside Firenze. Free parking at the oposite side of the main entrance. You receive a map of the park at the entrance, very convenient. Attention! Only open on Sat, Sun & holidays. The Giant/Gigante is beautiful. You can eat...More

5  Thank Carlvanloey
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in higher season. Parking is free opposite the park entrance as is entrance itself. It's a peaceful place where you can while some time away and see the Giant statue its famous for - an actual Giant perching...More

2  Thank BT3rd
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Irresposable ! We went there and was closed. The page had not alerts about supposed maintenance jobs. The schedule at the main door indicated that must be opened to Public....I strongly recommend double check (with a phone call) because it is frequent in Italy.

1  Thank j-quiros
Reviewed 18 October 2016

For my family, one of the goals of traveling is to try to experience what someone who lives there experiences. Timing can be a constraint when taking this approach, but it is also good to remember that even the most dedicated tourists sometimes need to...More

2  Thank trvlfun
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Only in Italy, would something so wonderful, be tucked away in a park only open 3 days a week with no advertising. The Colossus of the Appenines is just jaw dropping, a massive statue, carved out of rock, or initially commissioned by the one of...More

6  Thank Philippa789
Reviewed 17 August 2016

IF you have a spare morning --or afternoon, you could indeed take a bus(or drive!) just 20minutes out of Firenze, where the Tuscan hills are cooler (the Medici's certainly knew all about that!), but the original Medici Compound ...& indeed the park concept...has been SO...More

5  Thank John N
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