Miami | Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami has a history, and you’ll love it
Villa Vizcaya is one of the most amazing Miami’s piece of history. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark is located just outside Miami’s downtown district, and we can promise you Villa Vizcaya will make you feel like you’re in a different time and place.
Vizcaya, was the winter residence of James Deering. The beautifully maintained 34-room mansion was built between 1914 and 1922 in the Coconut Grove area of Miami. Villa Vizcaya has an undoubtedly Mediterranean Renaissance style; and its great beautiful gardens make it seem an Italian villa.
For us, the highlight is the stone barge. Once replete with dense tropical plants and trees the stone barge now remains a lasting testament to James Deering’s love of the sea. Also, in the north facade you’ll be able to find one of Vizcaya’s most delightful inventions; the swimming pool that emerges from vaulted arches at the lower level of the house.
If Vizcaya looks familiar to you, it is because it has provided the setting for many films, such as Tony Rome, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Any Given Sunday, Bad Bays II, Airport ’77, Haunts of the Very Rich, The Money Pit, and Iron Man 3.
Plan to arrive early, just as they are opening. You will need 2-3 hours to see everything but you can easily spend a day there. If you want an in depth explanation, the audio tour is useful. You can simply punch a number of the place you are and hear interesting tidbits, like the fact the gorgeous pool was used by the owner only once.