Founded in 2002 within the imposing Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi which was built in 1556 by Cosimo I de’ Medici as a country residence, the Museum of Hunting and Land is the first Italian museum dedicated to hunting and military defence.
The Villa was built as a place for leisure and relax and was a base for the hunting activities which took place amongst the Montalbano hills and in the nearby Padule di Fucecchio. Today the museum displays an important collection of war and hunting arms including the precious swords of Francesco Gonzaga and the Gran Principe Ferdinando de’Medici as well as an ancient “Schioppetto” (rifle) dating from 1417.
The arms bear witness to the activities that the various members of the Medici family carried out around the villa while the prestigious portrait collection allows us to get to know the identities of these famous protagonists of Renaissance history.
A telescope located in the small garden behind the villa allows the visitor to admire the Venere delle Armi sculpture by the artist Enrico Vezzi, displayed on the ancient watchtower.
Via dei Ponti Medicei 7