Here is the entrance to Vizcaya:
Villa Vizcaya now called Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Biscayne Bay in Miami Florida was built by businessman James Deering as a winter home. Vizcaya was planned and built between 1914 and 1923. Vizcaya combines french and Italian garden layouts combined with Cuban limestone stonework.
I felt like I was touring a mansion or palace in Europe while I was there. The ceilings and decor is so incredibly ornate. The only thing I didn't like about my visit was not being able to take photos indoors, but that is the policy in most similar places I've visited in Italy as well. I would also recommend visiting this lovely museum during the "cooler" months. I was there in mid June on a very warm day and there are three floors of rooms to see!
Vizcaya can be rented for special occasions such as weddings and photo shoots. One can do a self guided tour for $18.00/adult. It's an additional $5.00 for an audio tour. Special guided tours can be arranged as well. Vizcaya will be undergoing renovations beginning in mid July 2015 until October 2015. The price to tour the museum will be reduced to $16.00/adult.
Here is a photo of the court yard:
The water in the pool really was this hue of blue - not sure if it's safe to swim in!
Here is the court yard:
The statues throughout the grounds were amazing!
I was so fascinated by this Italian barge structure behind Vizcaya. It's mainly for decorative purposes, but it's supposed to calm the waters near the shore as well.
I loved the statues throughout the grounds:
I will leave you with a photo of my friend Jahna Robertson and I relaxing in the air conditioned gift shop/cafe. It was a very warm June day and made us appreciate what it was like to build and work on this mansion as well as live in southern Florida before the invention of air conditioning. I would definitely recommend visiting Vizcaya if you are ever in the Miami area. Most people like having 2-3 hours to tour the grounds. For more information about visiting, here is their web site: Click here: Vizcaya
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