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
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
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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