Just south of the urban skyline of Miami, Florida, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens rises majestically from the shores of Biscayne Bay.
Reminiscent of eighteenth-century country homes in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a destination that manages to exceed its mythical name. Wealthy industrialist James Deering conceived the seaside villa as a luxurious winter retreat in Miami, Florida. The seventy-room manse was completed in 1922, with interiors ornamented to evoke the unique character of various Italian cities.
The surrounding subtropical gardens are among the most elaborate ever designed in the United States. Named for fictional explorer Bel Vizcaya, the estate houses Deering’s vast assemblage of fine art and furnishings—most of the cultural treasures conquests from the art collector’s frequent travels to Europe.
Following Deering’s death and the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, Vizcaya was refurbished and opened as a museum in 1934. Eighty years later, this landmark estate draws visitors to the Coconut Bay area of Miami to discover the brilliant history and splendid beauty of this Florida gem.
To learn more about Vizcaya, see “Visions of Grandeur,” on page 53 of the March/April 2014 issue of Victoria magazine.
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