Villa Vizcaya – The Lavish Villa in Miami
Villa Vizcaya is a large estate situated in Miami Florida. It is considered to be one of the most important historical landmarks in the US and works as a museum. It was built in 1916 by James Deering, an industrialist who wanted to create an art and agricultural masterpiece consisting of 180 acres. The estate includes the main villa, gardens, ponds and lagoons and a small settlement. The construction of the villa was the first to finish, while the design and construction of the gardens finished many years later, somewhere between 1920 and 1923.
Deering wanted to make the Villa Vizcaya a really unique place, therefore tried to bring the best possible materials: both the villa and the gardens combine marble, granite and limestone from Europe while the plants planted in the gardens are chosen based on their ability to thrive in the climate and environment of Florida. The estate was used by its owner until his death in 1925; he left to the curator of the estate, Paul Chalfin, whose role in the design and construction has been really important since the beginning.
The name Villa Vizcaya comes from the homonym Basque region, which is located at the Biscay Bay. According to the legend, its creator wanted the estate to be a metaphorical story about the eternal journey of a man; the estate would be the vessel carrying the man throughout out his explorations and journeys. This is the reason why there is an explorer called Bel Vizcaya at the entrance of the estate, welcoming the guests.
Today, the estate is a museum and is open to the public all year long; there are numerous visitors who travel from every place of the US to admire this unique and lavish creation that reminds the elegant and stylish villas of Italy and Europe.