The founder and the architect
The Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I (1519-1575), in addition of being endowed with extraordinary governmental abilities, was also a skilled and refined art lover. This is why he was entrusted with the creation of the Uffizi, the official residence of the Medici and completed the wonderful Boboli garden, the park of the grand ducal residence.
As many leading figures of his time, he was a universal genius. Not only he designed six fortresses in Tuscany, but he also was a civil and religious architect, hydraulic engineer and painter and one of his greatest masterpieces was our beloved Terra del Sole.