In the city that was the cradle of the Renaissance and site of Medici patronage, an innate sense of beauty, a refined and industrious patrician class, and an unparalleled spirit of preservation have rendered Florence's historical palazzos among the most beautiful. Families still live in a palace designed by Raphael, or in the villa where Lorenzo Il Magnifico was educated. Passed down for generations, villas and castles nestled in the gently rolling Tuscan landscape continue to be centres of agricultural production and wine-making.