Travel Time: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

So today is officially the one week mark of living in Miami. We’ve been so busy with moving and driving that we hadn’t really had a minute to chill out and relax until yesterday. We decided to venture about ten minutes away from our home to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We’ve passed it a bunch of times while shopping for home stuff, but finally thought it was time to pay this place a visit.

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Entrance to the museum
Gorgeous fountain in courtyard
One of the beautiful entryways into the central courtyard
I fell in love with this fireplace

If you don’t know the story of the this gorgeous place, here’s the short version. The beautiful home was owned by James Deering, who was an industrialist, and was built in the 1910s. The mansion, with its clearly Italian-inspired architecture, has 34 incredible rooms that you have to see to believe. The gardens are just as impressive, if not more, than the house. Each area is laid out beautifully, especially when it comes to the decorative sculptures placed around the site.

Fun hidden area in the gardens
This is only one area of the entire garden
I’ve always had a thing for fountains
There are so many amazing sculptures through out the garden

Even though the home and gardens are both breathtaking, my favorite part of the entire place was the view. The mansion is placed directly on Biscayne Bay, which actually, mixed with the Venetian influences, could trick any visitor into thinking that they may be waiting for a gondola ride in Venice rather than visiting a museum in Miami. This was also made clear by the fact that I posted a picture of it on my Instagram account yesterday, and I had messages from people asking if I was in Miami or Italy.

This was probably my favorite part about the home

If you happen to be visiting Miami, or plan on visiting some time soon, add the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to your list of must-see spots. You will not regret the decision to check it out.