The discovery of the territories and landscapes of Valdera can only lead you to a visit to his aristocratic villas, real architectural jewels:
It ‘s situated 3 km along the road leading from Ponsacco to Volterra and is the most important villa of the pisan inland,a true princely residence.
It was built in 1532 by Alessandro and Cosimo de ‘Medici in memory of the establishment of their government in Florence.
Like other Tuscan villas, it also combines military and residential elements:
it was a bulwark of defense against the insurrections of Pisa.
Inside there are several lounges filled with frescoes and sculptures of a certain value, a large room with wooden ceiling and square golden dome is embellished with frescoes by Gerolamo Mengozzi, a disciple of GB Tiepolo.
In the middle of a large park, not accessible to the public, is located a statue of Hercules killing the Hydra.
Access to the villa is through a long avenue lined with plane trees.
Among its illustrious guests we remember Pope Pius IX, who lived there in August 1857 on his way from Pisa to Volterra and King Vittorio Emanuele III.
It currently houses an Agriturismo.
It is also known as “The Castle” because it is standing on the ruins of a Counts of Gherardesca’s castle, Villa Bourbon del Monte, already Baciocchi, was later restored.
It was the Gambacorti ‘s, the Marquis Pucci’s and Elisa Baciocchi’s( Napoleon’s sister) property.
The present building of the late eighteenth-century Baroque style with neoclassical motifs, houses The Zoological Museum on the ground floor, where you can observe many decorative frescoes, while on the second floor (archaeological section) you can admire the finds discovered during excavations in the area.
Worthy of note is also the park, full of exotic trees ..
At Villa Baciocchi is also located the Center of the Archaeological Record that exposes the result of excavations carried out by the Archaeological Tectiana Association.
It’s divided into two sections: the first sets out the history of the territory of the municipalities of the High Valdera with panels and small finds from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages;
the second section presents Etruscan finds coming from necropolis located in the area, with displays of urns and a life-size reproduction of an Etruscan tomb discovered in Montevaso, in the municipality of Chianni.