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The Medici family and the Mugello

The family that has dominated the European political chessboard for many years comes from Mugello.

Mugello area is full of traditions and history and is strongly linked to the development of the Medici family.

Even today it is possible to imagine the strong impact of this dynasty on the territory by visiting the villas that belonged to them. Discover this historic family with us!

The origins of the Medici family are in Mugello

The family that dominated the European political chessboard for many years and is linked to the great names of the artists of the Italian Renaissance comes from Mugello.

According to some documents, the Medici family already between 1260 and 1270 bought buildings, houses and land in the Mugello area, precisely between San Piero a Sieve and Cafaggiolo.

A document from the early fourteenth century tells us instead of some properties in Mugello area inherited by Salvesestro de’Medici.

Mugello, already at the time, was a strategic place as it is the crossroads of the connecting roads between the Florentine valley and the Bolognese valley where the Medici family had their own businesses and earnings.

It was from Mugello that the de Medici family began their fortune which took them far beyond the beautiful valleys between Florence and Bologna.

The Medici a family of Popes and Queens

This family of peasant origins manages to make itself known throughout Europe and throughout the Renaissance.

In Florence in the Sixteenth Century the Medici became Dukes of the city and of Tuscany.

Tuscany still shows the echoes of this family in the various villas scattered throughout the area and obviously in all the works of art found in museums.

The family, originally from Mugello, has two popes and a queen.

  • Giovanni De’Medici, son of the Magnificent Lorenzo, who received his first tonsure when he was only seven years old, passed into the world as Pope Leo X.
  • Giulio de’Medici, cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ascended the papal throne with the name of Clement VII.
  • Caterina de’Medici, daughter of Lorenzo Duke of Urbin, even became queen of France.

The Medici family’s love for Mugello, Villa di Cafaggiolo

One of Lorenzo’s favorite villas, when he wanted to retire from his demanding job as a patron and head of the family, is located in Mugello and is called Villa di Cafaggiolo.

Lorenzo the Magnificent, as we have read, played a pivotal role in the education of his family and in the careers chosen by them and it is no coincidence that he had chosen the cool hills of Mugello as a summer resting place.

Villa di Cafaggiolo was elected as one of the intellectual meeting places, Lorenzo hosted exponents of his court of philosophers such as Pico della Mirandola and Marsilio Ficino.

Tradition tells us that the beauty of the Mugello landscape inspires Lorenzo himself in the composition of a poem.

If you are curious and want to immerse yourself like Lorenzo in the wonders of this campaign, the title of the composition is “La Nencia da Barberino”.

Villa di Cafaggiolo and Mugello are places to visit in all seasons

Mugello was not visited by the rich family of Florence only during the summer.

Cosimo I, Duke of Florence, added a large hunting reserve to the Villa di Cafaggiolo and this became the autumn favorite place of his sons Francesco and Ferdinando.

If you are intrigued by the history of this great family and like them you want to find inspiration or simply relax from city commitments, come and visit us in Mugello, we are waiting for you in our beautiful Villa Campestri and relax is guaranteed!

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