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“Fixing of the old and the new”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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US$30.00*
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Transportation to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 362 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This mansion is intriguing in the sense that it combines things from the old with new. The house is designed with the arts and antique James Deering collected. The house gives you a feeling that it is older than 100 years old because of all the antiques from 15th century to 19th century. Each of the rooms are well put together by the designer and the owner. The mansion itself is designed so that it welcomes the nature inside the home and allows the residence to step out to the outddors easily. The garden itself is designed with a lot of Italian renaissance influences. Each part of the garden is a unique garden by itself, a secret garden, a maze, a theatre, fountains, etc.

Overall, it is really worth the trip!

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

A great afternoon! While buying the tickets to enter the "main house" no need to buy anything else as maps and all other will be given to you for free inside rather then to buy it! If it is a hot day walk the gardens first and then the main house to cool off! The food on site is great so just stay there and eat lunch!

Thank JAI S
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We got a night trip which is occurred one a month during the full moon. There is no comparison with European fountains and recreation like Villa d'Esta (Rome), Versailles (Paris), Villa Peter I (St. Petersburg), but anyway this is must see attraction if you come to Miami.

Thank Grifan
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This extraordinary mansion, built between 1914 and 1916 was the winter home of James Deering, founder of International Harvester. Both the design of the house and the selection of furnishings were heavily influenced by European styles of past centuries, with Italy being most dominant. The two story home with a huge central courtyard commands an awesome view of Biscayne Bay to the East, while also overlooking spectacular formal gardens to the South. As if the house itself weren't interesting enough, a boat landing, tea house and huge barge constructed of coral rock, are set into the waters of the bay. In addition to guided tours, you can rent a headset and listen to a narrative about the house and grounds during your own self guided tour. Admission is $18, but $12 for seniors. The gardens offer a great place for family gatherings and for nicely framed photo ops. Mercifully, the main house is air conditioned. The only negative is that Miami-Dade needs to spend a few bucks on TLC. The mid section of the barge displays an unsightly collection of garbage and seaweed. The gardens also cry out for an application of weed killer along walkways and up and down steps.

Thank Walter W
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

interesting and full of history about the life of the John Deere family. you can take outside the palace not inside. The pool is beautiful and the garden as we'll.

Thank Javier117
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