Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Historic Italian Design in South Florida
James Deering’s subtropical winter home from the 1910s is now a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum in Miami, Florida.

The house exudes the vibe of a historic eighteenth-century Italian villa, in particular the country estates of the Veneto region of northern Italy. The designers of the home created traditional Mediterranean architectural elements to the South Florida climate with great awareness for the subtropical weather. The heart and main living area of the house is the Courtyard, which was originally open to the sky.

Head outdoors to check out the gorgous gardens created in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy and France, the overall landscape design is conceived as a series of rooms.

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Oasis: A surprising discovery in an urban landscape
I was in Miami for the first time last month. Most of what I saw in Miami - the beach, the art galleries, the nightlife - were all something I expected to encounter. But on a friend's recommendation I went to the Vizcaya mansion and gardens and was pleasantly surprised. Who would expect something like this in Miami?

It was definitely an oasis within the city, a place quite peaceful and lovely that I spent a few hours just sitting in the garden reading a book.
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