Visit the Animal Cave
in the Medici Villa of Castello

11 April - 30 June 2024

Discover the Animal Cave

A hidden gem in the Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello, the Animal Cave (Grotta degli Animali) offers a unique and captivating experience for visitors.

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Cosimo I dei Medici, and to commemorate this significant occasion, the park and the Animal Cave have been meticulously restored and are now reopened to the public.


Animal Cave in the Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello Tuscany, Italy 2024

Animal Cave in the Medici Villa of Castello, Tuscany, Italy 2024


About the Animal Cave

The Animal Cave is renowned for its three monumental tanks, each adorned with an intricate array of statues depicting mammals, fish, crustaceans, and molluscs.

These artistic elements create a stunning scenographic display that has captivated visitors for centuries. This small masterpiece within the oasis of beauty that is the Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello is a testament to the rich artistic heritage of the Medici family.


Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello


Plan Your Visit

Florence Italy Travel Guide - Tuscany travel itinerary The Garden and the Animal Cave are now open for everyone to explore. Visitors can take part in guided tours, which are available free of charge and without reservation. The knowledgeable staff will lead you through the history and beauty of this magnificent site, providing insights into its historical and artistic significance.

One of the highlights of the tour is the revival of the original water games, a feature that was conceived by the artist Tribolo.

Starting from the end of April, these water games will be activated four times a day on weekends, using a sophisticated timed hydraulic mechanism that ensures water recovery. This system recreates the mesmerizing visual and sound effects originally designed by Tribolo, offering a truly enchanting experience.


Contact Information

For more information about visiting the Animal Cave and the Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello, please visit:

Date: From April 11 to June 30, 2024

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 11:00 and at 17:00

Location: Giardino della Villa Medicea di Castello,
Via di Castello, 44, 50141 Firenze FI, Italia

Tickets: starting from the entrance, without reservation


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I'm sure your family will enjoy visiting the Animal Cave in the Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello during your vacation in Tuscany, Italy in 2024.


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