Vizcaya Gardens is a stunning estate created in an Italian sixteenth-century style on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. The government of Miami-Dade County currently owns the house and it is open to the public as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Vizcaya is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Vizcaya Station. The estate originally consisted of one hundred and eighty acres, including the formal gardens, extensive lagoon gardens, and a village that serviced the property. Miami Vizcaya Gardens is noted for adapting European cultural traditions to Miami’s tropical environment. The main house, for example, combines European marble and Florida limestone while the European gardens rely on plants capable of thriving in Miami’s ecosystem.

Vizcaya Miami Gardens


In May 2008 the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Vizcaya on their list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places.  This designation was based on the threat of proposed high-rise development on neighboring property.

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