Villa della Petraia is situated a few kilometres from the city centre; the ancient fortified building, of which the large tower still remains today, was enlarged towards the end of the 16th century and turned into a grand-ducal residence. A terraced garden was laid out on the surrounding land.
The courtyard is decorated with late 16th- and early 17th-century frescoes, and was covered over in the 19th century. King Vittorio Emanuele II lived here when Florence was the capital of Italy, and the current furnishings date largely to that period.
Villa Medicea della Petraia
Via della Petraia, 40, 50141 Firenze FI, Italia
The main entrance is without barriers. Help is needed to go through the sloping straight path leading to the villa.
It is necessary to access the villa from the entrance on the backside of the building, calling the guardians ahead (the main door is usually closed) to get to the courtyard and then the ground floor (presence of low thresholds). People in wheelchair may have many difficulties in visiting the garden, due to considerable slope of the paths.
There is a toilet equipped for the disabled on the ground floor. First floor is accessible with a stair lift.