The Villa Medicea di Arena Pisana (L'Ammiraglio) is a large two-story building with vast basement vaults and two square towers on the front.
The ground floor, about 1 meter/3 feet above the soil surface, is reached by a few “pietra serena” (Italian sand stone) stair steps on the front side, and by two short staircases made out of “cotto ornato” (ornate terracotta) and pietra serena, on the back side.
The first floor is reached by two L-shaped pietra serena staircases, starting from the back of the main entrance hall and reaching a large ledge with capanna vaulting, functioning as a pre-entrance to the first floor.
The first floor is accessed through a main antique wood door, framed by bricks.
On the back side of the first floor are two big terraces, about 70 square meters/334 square feet each, and underneath the terraces are two mezzanine loft apartments, about 80 square meters/ 861 square feet each, formerly warehouses and now perfectly restyled. The mezzanine apartments are connected with the other floors by the two main L-shaped staircases.
Underneath the mezzanines are the vaults, vast wine cellars with cement vats, one of which dates from 1788.
The Villa has a rectangular layout, about 40 meters/430 feet long, and 20 meters/215 feet deep.
There are three entrances to the Villa: the main antique wood front door, along with its symmetrical back door, is very imposing and is framed by large slabs of pietra serena base-reliefs; the third entrance is a smaller service door, on the left side of the building.
The “Ammiraglio” Medici Villa is an imposing building in Florentine Late Renaissance style.The Villa is a two-story building with large basement vaults and two towers, and it's surrounded by a 1 hectare/2.5 acres park featuring ancient trees (holmes, magnolias, pines, acacias, and several fruit trees).
The Villa is very conveniently located, only 3 Kms away from the Pisa Nord exit on the Genova-Livorno A12 highway, Galileo Galilei International Airport is 12 Kms away, and within 30 Kms many popular destinations can be reached, such as: Lucca, Livorno, Viareggio, and Versilia.
Within 80 Kms you can reach: the East Riviera of Liguria, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Lerici, Portovenere, and Northern Tuscany up to Florence.