Vizcaya Vistas

Recently, my husband and I tasted a bit of Italy in Miami. There surrounded by cosmopolitan city life, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers a departure into the elegance of an Italian Renaissance estate. Built by International Harvester magnate James Deering in 1916, his elegant summer residence is now open for visitors to enjoy.

Weathervane and Sundial
Weather vane and Sundial

The 34-room villa is open for tours, but its curators prohibit photography. Outside, however are breathtaking visas of the Biscayne Bay harbor and 10 acres of formal gardens.

Great Stone Barge
Great Stone Barge

The large limestone barge serves as a breakwater to protect the villa and grounds from sea-born storms.

Barge in the Mist
Barge in the Mist

After cooling off in a tropical rain shower, we crossed a footbridge and enjoyed the view of Biscayne Bay from Vizcaya’s gazebo.

Gazebo and Footbridge
Gazebo and Footbridge

Just behind the gazebo lies the Secret Garden.

Secret Garden Entry
Secret Garden Entry
Welcome to the Secret Garden
Welcome to the Secret Garden
Secret Garden Lady
Secret Garden Lady

Coming out of the Secret Garden, gentle Baroque curves present a relaxing but formal atmosphere.

Sculpted Shrubs
Sculpted Shrubs

Baroque Garden
Baroque Garden

Garden Patio
Garden Patio

Greek and Italian sculpture fills the gardens.

Stone Vigil
Stone Vigil
Garden Wall
Garden Wall

Steps lead from the garden to an elevated overlook.

Garden Lady with Goose
Garden Lady with Goose

Tucked behind the gardens a canal dock awaits seafaring visitors.

Canal Dock
Canal Dock

A Google search reveals multiple pages of information on Vizcaya, but Memorable Moments on Biscayne Bay by Pamela Ann Campbell (be sure to check out the Miami Treasures Photo Collection) and John Singer Sargent’s Virtual Gallery shouldn’t be missed. Better yet, mark this travel destination as a must-see for your next trip to South Florida.

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4 thoughts on “Vizcaya Vistas

  1. I love Viscaya! I enjoyed how your photos took me on a virtual tour of this beautiful spot. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you for sharing and so glad you guys are taking time to sightsee!

  2. Oh! You’ve brought back some wonderful memories–pushing a double stroller through those gardens and the twins were only 6 mos. old! Out of the whole time we were in the beach house we never did make it back to Viscaya–wish we had! You captured some beautiful images!

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