Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The magnificent winter house of 20th-century industrialist James Deering, set on 28 acres, is now a National Historic Landmark. The home, which was built in 1916, has 34 rooms organised around a central courtyard.

The Vizcaya project required around 1,100 workers and craftsmen, many of whom were recruited in from Europe to assure design accuracy.

The outstanding collection of European furniture and ornamental arts from the 15th to 19th centuries is housed in the Italian Renaissance-style mansion.

Beautiful Italian and French fountains, pools, and statues may be found throughout the grounds and gardens. An ornately carved barge with female figures serves as a barrier at the base of the steps going into Biscayne Bay.