Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Way to the Italian style villa in Coconut Grove
Villa Vizcaya
- built between 1914 & 1916
- style of the Italian Renaissance & Baroque villas
- James Deering built the house for himself
as a winter home
- apparently he was a great fan of European culture
.
Before entering the villa had some ice tea
in the cafe which was actually under renovation
as some parts of the garden
- it was said to be a great lunch spot
.
Unfortunately it's not allowed to take
any pictures inside the villa,
but it is marvellous!
Very Italian!
.
East terrace
- looks over Biscayne Bay
.
On the first floor there are
Entrance hall
Library
Reception room
Lving room
Music room
Dining room
Tea room
Butler's pantry
Courtyard & arcades
.
On the second floor:
Guest rooms
James Deering's suite

Breakfast room
Kitchen
.
Tea House
- this is the place where Deering's guests
would the arrivals & departures
while enjoying refreshments
.
Stone Barge
- breakwater for small boats
- location for dinners & parties
.
Everything looks so Italian & centuries old
.
.
Clipped topiary and sparkling water
- elements of 16th & 17th century Italian & French
villa gardens
.

The gardens are one of the best examples of
Italian garden design
on the United States
and have been uniquely design
to reflect Miami's subtropical climate
- designed by Colombian landscape architect
Diego Suarez
- he was trained in Florence, Italy
.
Secret Garden
.
Semi-circular pool & vine-clad gazebo
.
Oh, great! Tiffany & co are sponsoring the renovation!
.
Big bords!
- not afraid of people at all!
.
Water Stairway
.
Villa Vizcaya
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL
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