—01. The gardens.
Villa Vizcaya is the former estate of a wealthy businessman named James Deering. It’s located on Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove neighbourhood in Miami. The property was designed by Paul Chalfin, a former curator, interior designer and painter, who helped Deering assemble a collection of antiquities, art items and architectural elements. Together they successfully created an estate that resembles an old Italian Renaissance villa. The main draw is the beautiful, expansive and well-maintained gardens. Considered to be one of America’s most important Gilded Age estates, and now open to the public, I highly recommend stopping by if you find yourself in Miami.