Buontalenti Grotto - Florence
Piazza Pitti. Built between 1583 and 1593.
The Buontalenti Grotto – originally designed by Giorgio Vasari – is one of Italy’s most beautiful “fantastic caves”: a type of mannerist architectures that represented natural cavities with a creative twist, using limestone agglutinations and water games.
The Grotto is also home to various sculptures, including the four “Prisons” by Michelangelo (currently replaced by copies, with the originals being kept at the Galleria dell’Accademia), “Paris and Helen” by Vincenzo de’ Rossi and the “Fountain of Venus” by Giambologna.
via: Italian Ways