This September event takes place at the Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano in the province of Prato. The Medici Villa here was built by Lorenzo the Magnificent and soon became his son’s favorite villa. Duchess Joanna of Austria stayed at the villa in 1565 while preparing for her wedding to Prince Francesco de’ Medici. His father, Cosimo I, had recently given him control of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, making their marriage a political and diplomatic act, as the Duchess was neither intelligent nor very beautiful.
The arrival of the illustrious guest was organized carefully given the international spotlight the marriage would give Florence. This festival, the “Siege”, reenacts the journey Joanna’s carriage made from Innsbruck to Poggio a Caiano, complete with costumes, flag throwers, dancers, music and more.