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“A classic piece of Miami”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Ranked #2 of 339 things to do in Miami
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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.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A classic piece of Miami”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

This is the spectacular mansion on Biscayne Bay that has been in so many movies.

The property is owned and maintained by the county and they do an impressive job. You can tour the main areas on the first and second floors, the balcony area that looks out at Biscayne Bay, and the gardens. Many of the original furnishings are there.

Because many exterior carvings are limestone, they have deteriorated over the years. That is to be expected in this humid environment.

I only rated this a 4 because I think families with kids may not find it lots of fun. Other than that, I probably would have given it a 5. Interesting, knowledgeable staff who were happy to share stories, and a look at how the 1% lived in the past.

Thank CJGinFL
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Miami, Florida
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“Unbelievable home to visit”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Absolutely a visit worth seeing while in Miami along with the Science museum nearby. Children and Adults will enjoy the history and beauty of this museum.

Visited May 2014
Thank Rita B
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Mountain View, California
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“Fixing of the old and the new”
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!

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful”
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!

Visited August 2014
Thank JAI S
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Miami, Florida
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“Nice garden, interesting in the nights”
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.

Visited May 2014
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