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From 1 April to 30 September 2014 the Villa will be open at the following times:
1st and 3rd  Friday of each month and Saturday 14.00 - 18.00
2nd and 4th Sunday of each month 9.00 - 14.00

From 1 October to 31 March 2015 the Villa will be open at the following times:
2nd and 4th Sunday of each month 9.00 - 14.00


Free entrance

The villa was purchased in 1697 by the Counsellor to the Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici, Filippo Corsini, on account of its closeness to the Medici villa of La Petraia. Corsini then entrusted the renovation to Giovan Battista Foggini (1652-1725), architect and sculptor to the Grand Duke as well as director of the court manufactories.

In 1968 the villa was donated to the Italian State by Galliano Boldrini, and became part of the Special Superintendency for the Polo Museale Fiorentino in 2006. Since the late 1980s the villa has housed a repository of archaeological exhibits belonging to the Tuscan Archaeological Superintendency, which were originally displayed in the premises of the Palazzo della Crocetta and removed following renovation of the museum after the flood of 1966. The building has been subjected to a renovation campaign directed by the Superintendency for the Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Florence, which began in 2000 with the large salon and the internal courtyard. As a result of the constant financial support of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the project for the renovation of the ancient Baroque complex was finally completed in 2010 with the restoration of the facade and the rehabilitation of most of the interiors.

Some of the most important marbles from the collection of the Archaeological Museum have been set up in the salon: particularly striking are the porphyry statue of the Emperor Hadrian, unique of its kind, and that of the Peplophoros from Palazzo Cepparello, a splendid Roman replica of a Greek original from the 5th century BC. Set along the walls of the courtyard are numerous Etruscan sarcophagi in nenfro (volcanic rock) from Tuscania, originating from the ancestral tomb of the Statlane, dating from the end of the 4th to the 2nd century BC, as well as an exceptionally fine female sarcophagus from Tarquinia, decorated in bas-relief with figured scenes charged with symbolic value which allude to salvation rites and cults.

In other rooms of the ground floor the idea has instead been to retrieve part of the lavish decoration in ancient marble that was once in the “Ricetto delle Iscrizioni” of the Uffizi, designed by Foggini for Cosimo III as the magnificent entrance to the Gallery, and dismantled prior to 1920 after alternating decorative phases.

On the first floor visitors can trace the thousand-year history of the plain of Florence through a permanent display of archaeological finds from the territory. Outstanding among these are the remains of the grave goods from the “Tomba della Mula” (late 7th century BC) and funereal sculptures from archaic Fiesole workshops, including the exceptional “Cippo di Settimello” (mid-6th century BC). We should also mention that the display includes exhibits originating from the Etruscan city of Gonfienti, discovered ten years ago not far from Calenzano.

The display is conceived not so much as a museum layout in the traditional sense, but rather as a way of restoring to public view the works conserved in this villa, which has for years acted as a repository for the stone materials of the Florence Archaeological Museum.

Corsini Villa of Castello

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