The estate of Pratolino was purchased in 1568 by Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici, who commissioned Buontalenti the task of turning it into a villa. Almost abandoned in the following centuries, the villa was then demolished and the park renovated as an English-style garden by the Demidoff family, that bought the complex in 1872.
Nowadays, the garden is vast and beautiful, featuring artificial grottoes and fountains. Furthermore, we can still enjoy the colossal statue by Giambologna dedicated to the Apennine mountains, the statue of Mugnone and a hexagonal chapel designed by Buontalenti, all part of the original structure.
Admission is free, and you also should know that it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.