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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

3251 S. Miami Avenue
Coconut Grove
Miami , Florida
Tel: 305 250 9133
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This impressive compound, modeled on the grand estates of Italy, was built by industrialist James Deering and used as his winter home from 1916 to 1925. The 34 rooms open to the public are filled with antiques spanning the 15th through 19th centuries; an additional 12 rooms used by the house's servants are expected to be opened to the public in coming years. The house's setting on Biscayne Bay is also spectacular, on ten acres of French and Italian Renaissance gardens that took seven years to create.

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Vizcaya Remembered

I used to spend my winter school breaks in the Keys; once a year I would be sure to stop at Vizcaya. I am particularly fond of the terraced water way that leads... more