Italian Interiors to Inspire… Synonymous worldwide with style and taste, when it comes to fabulous interiors, Italy’s reputation is well deserved.
We have a beautiful range of properties with interiors that epitomise noble elegance, seamlessly and skilfully blending gorgeous and ancient classical features with sumptuous contemporary style and comfort. Take a look at some of the stunning houses we have for sale that offer the ultimate historic grandeur.
V3220LF – €3,000,000. Eclectic elegance describes the essence of this stunning former monastery just 10 km from the centre of Florence. Dominating the valley below for over four centuries, the first records of this estate can be found in land registry of 1534. In 1609, the property was donated to Dominican Monks, who transformed the buildings into a larger, richer dwelling. In the early 19th century, during French occupation, the monastery was taken from the Dominicans used as a private residence. Set in 9 hectares of private land, with 11 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, an 18th century chapel and even a crypt, this unique property is constructed in a U shape around an Italianate garden, bordered by a beautiful and evocative cloister. The atmosphere continues inside with an interior rich in fantastic original features including gorgeous frescoes, hand made cotto floors, high beamed ceilings, incredible ancient fireplaces, an original bread oven and large sand stone wash tubs. Seamlessly and stylishly uniting history with contemporary style, the house is furnished with a fine collection of antiques, modern pieces and quirky artistic finds collected from around the world that add interest to every corner of every room. This is a truly amazing property in a wonderful location.
V3286CG – €6,000,000. Dating back to the 16th century, this fabulous villa 4 km from Cortona has been added to over the years and last restored in the 1960’s. The impressive antique iron gate and the Cypress lined drive by which one accesses the grounds, give a hint as to the historic grandeur of the stunning house that is to come. With 15 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, an enchanting orangery, a chapel, stables, annexes and extensive cellars, the villa is surrounded by 10 hectares of private land and fronted by a beautiful ornamental pond and Italianate garden. Inside, a wealth of classical features such as high vaulted ceilings, delicate frescoes, exposed wooden beams, characteristic stone staircases, impressive fireplaces and hand made cotto floors present a wonderful opportunity to create something really special.
V4879AB – €4,200,000. Just a few minutes from the walls of the historic town of Lucca, this fantastic 17th century villa was once used as a summer residence by the local nobility. Completely renovated in the 90’s, the property boasts a superb interior which combines elegance and historic authenticity with contemporary comfort and style. Furnished with exquisite taste, combining ornate grandeur with touches of the owners’ native Scandinavian style, the property is full of atmosphere and warmth and imbued with a simple elegance. With 11 luxurious bedrooms, it also features a chapel and beautiful reception rooms and dining halls with frescoes which testify to the original Roman origins of the site. Classical features such as high vaulted ceilings, stunning frescoes, magnificent chandeliers and sumptuous drapes work in harmony with more rustic elements such as the exposed wooden beams, hand made cotto floors and a soft colour pallet to create an interior that is the epitome of sophistication. A former barn has been restored and houses 2 further apartments with a total of 5 additional bedrooms. The buildings are set in 8 hectares of olive groves and vineyards and a delightful landscaped garden with 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. The property is currently used as a wedding and events venue and it is not hard to see why! Perfect.
V3312SC– €250,000. Affordable opulence is the theme of this 3 bedroom apartment in the enchanting medieval town of Arcevia in the Le Marche region of Italy. Dating back to the 1800’s this unique property enjoys noble high ceilings and walls decorated with perfectly preserved neoclassical style frescoes, each room with its own theme. The Athena room, which could now be used as a second sitting room (the space in this property being very adaptable) was once a ballroom! Outside there is a lovely walled courtyard ideal for alfresco dining. If you’re looking for elegant quirk in an atmospheric old town, this one may be for you.
V4000PV – €3,900,000. The immaculate, classical and elegant exterior of this noble Florentine villa conceals a perfect and slightly surprising interior which show cases the ultimate in contemporary design. With its original high vaulted ceilings and large arched windows, the house has been opened up and decorated with a neutral colour pallet that makes the most of the natural light that floods the interior. Accessories such as fine pieces of art work and hand made rugs add brave pops of colour and interest to the dramatic modern spaces. Impressive contemporary chandeliers add depth and sparkle to the rich natural wood and bricks that still adorn the ceilings. Furnished with beautiful modern pieces this fabulous vila demonstrates how minimalist, clean lined, elegance can work in a beautiful historical context. With its 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, the house is surrounded by 11 hectares of gardens and olive groves with an equally impressive pool. Noble minimalism in a sought after location.
V4889C – €3,200,000. An architectural treasure with a thousand years of history, this amazing palazzo is situated along the Via Amerina, one of Umbria and central Italy’s main thoroughfares since the Roman period. Dating back to the 15th century with the remains of a Roman building as its foundation, this fantastic residence has been restored to enhance its wealth of stunning original features which include a multitude of amazing frescoes, an ‘opus reticulatum’ brickwork wall, beautiful hand made cotto floors, dramatic vaulted ceilings and impressive fireplaces. When it comes to interior splendour, this one really has it all including a cellar with an original Roman mosaic floor used for wine tastings. Currently a hotel, it has 11 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms and fantastic communal and entertainment areas, including a restaurant and bar. Rooms are furnished in a variety of styles, some traditional, some more contemporary, all with elegance and flair. A real feast for the senses!
V3660V – €1,000,000. Splendour and elegance come at a great price in this prestigious 12 bedroom property near Volterra. Dating back to the 17th century, this impressive villa was once a bishop’s residence, becoming home to an Italian noble family in the the 1950’s and more latterly, famous film directors. With its own chapel and annex and brim full of fantastic frescoes, original fireplaces and vaulted and beamed ceilings set off by beautiful chandeliers, this magnificent home is furnished throughout with original antiques. In need of some TLC this amazing house provides a great opportunity to create something really special. Outside, does not disappoint either with its 11 hectares of parkland, olive groves, swimming pool and superb panoramic views over the Tuscan landscape. Authentic majesty near a beautiful Etruscan town.
V3607C – €1,140,000. Dating back to 1600 and located at the gate to the Chianti region in the heart of a characteristic medieval hamlet, this 8 bedroom period villa effortlessly fuses the historic with the contemporary to create an interior that feels very much loved and lived in. Original large fireplaces, beautiful frescoes, characterful beamed ceilings and hand made cotto floors blend seamlessly with an eclectic and colourful but elegant collection of classical and modern furniture and interesting artefacts collected with love from all around the world. Downstairs, the house boasts a characterful wine cellar. You’d expect no less given its location! Outside there is a fully restored private chapel and extensive grounds with its own olive and lemon groves as well as a pool. Slightly quirky elegance half an hour from Florence.
V4307AB – €1,900,000. Dating back to the 1600s, this historic villa near Siena is a dream property for castle lovers. Characterised by battlements that surround the whole building, mullioned windows and an entrance portico with columns surmounted by Corinthian capitals, this fabulous property has a truly noble air. Inside there are beautiful frescoes, historic fireplaces, wooden coffered ceilings, original majolica floors, coats of arms and heralds of the family that once lived there. Extended over the years, today it has an attached annex with a lemon house on the ground floor and an apartment on the first floor. With 13 bedrooms the house is surrounded by 17 hectares of producing olive groves and vineyards as well as a stunning pool. The owner of this house is truly the lord (or lady) of their own manor.
V4611C – €1,000,000 Recently fully renovated, this fabulous 3-4 bedroom apartment in a prestigious location in central Cortona, now combines the latest in hi tech home automation with wonderful architectural and decorative features. No expense or trouble has been spared in this unification of history with the ultimate in contemporary comfort and style. The original floors have been restored with a finish of exceptional quality. The master bedroom, decorated with elegant draperies, has an en-suite bathroom with white Carrara marble cladding, Devon & Devon tub, double walk-in shower, an antique fireplace and double sinks. The living room and dining room feature Trompe-l’oeil of Greek ruins and friezes frame a huge fireplace from the 1700s and 4 windows with a view. The cast iron radiators are another valuable detail and represent well the care and commitment that has been lavished in the restructuring. The epitome of modern noble living in a highly sought after location.
V4702TS – €5,000,000. Sumptuous grandeur is the theme of this apartment in central Cortona. Occupying the whole of the first floor (the “piano nobile”) of a fantastic 15th century palazzo this unique property is the epitome of elegance and opulence and offers 18 rooms with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. One of the largest and most majestic in town, the whole building is of great artistic and historic interest. Once belonging to a noble family, famous Renaissance architects and artists took part in its creation and it boasts an impressive baroque facade with the family crest above the iron entrance gate. The high end apartment has been the subject of careful and meticulous restoration, returning it to its former glory. Every corner of this property has been designed to maintain its historic authenticity whilst providing the ultimate in modern luxury and comfort. Original features have been retained and long forgotten ones, unveiled and restored. The apartment boasts beautiful frescoes, restored after 2½ years of work as well as impressive, finely decorated coffered ceilings and terracotta floors. The bathrooms are finished in rare yellow Siena marble and onyx. The antique furnishings including the upholstery, sculptures and paintings, have all been carefully selected to create a jaw dropping interior of wonder.
V2182C – €2,400,000. In a fantastic private position with a breathtaking view of the city of Orvieto, this 8 bedroom Villa is the result of a masterly renovation of a noble period house, dating back to the early 20th century. With an unusual architectural structure that follows the undulations of the land and includes an impressive tower, it is a home of a refined but relaxed noble elegance, with a nod to rustic elements. Inside, stunning handmade floors crafted from local stone sit alongside dramatic fireplaces, delicate arched windows, brick vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams. Furnished with a mixture of fine antiques and more contemporary though classical pieces and fabrics, the house is bright and airy and seamlessly blends clean lines with the raw textures of its original features. Surrounded by 4 hectares of land, the house is fronted by a beautiful Italianate garden with classical statues and fantastic pool. Immaculate grandeur near a wonderful town.
V2701E – €8,000,000. In a fantastic dominant position to the south of Florence, this 15 bedroom castle is testimony to a historic past that spans centuries. Preserving its uniqueness, this amazing property is home to medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. There is a wealth of stunning and unique original features, including a fresco attributed to the school of Giotto and above the main entrance, a terracotta bas-relief of the school of Luca della Robbia representing Santa Lucia. Restored in the 19th century, the private chapel retains the primitive simple and austere look of a bygone age. Having played a key role in the defences of Florence, around 1550 the castle was enlarged and transformed into a villa which is now one of the most elegant and prestigious residences of the Florence area. Truly the epitome of noble living.
V3713V – €4,500,000. This beautiful Leopoldina style villa, dates back to the 18th century, and sits in a natural enclave near Arezzo with a centuries-old olive grove of 600 trees, an Italian style landscaped garden and swimming pool. Featuring a characteristic dove cote tower, this stunning villa was restored 7 years ago to balance a wealth of superb original features with the comforts of modern living. Inside the house features dramatic archways, exposed and lime washed beams, brick vaulted ceilings and stone floors which are combined with natural and neutral farbrics, a soft colour palet and an eclectic mix of furnishings and market finds to create an apparently effortless elegance. Downstairs, the house boasts a wonderful cellar with imposing vaulted ceilings. A perfect example of how Renaissance history can be combined with informal contemporary style.
V4592CJ – €2,700,000. Having been painstakingly renovated, this Tuscan noble residence near Lucca provides the utmost in 21st century comfort alongside wonderful original features such as impressive fireplaces and meticulously restored frescoes. The grand central staircase in the entrance hall provides a hint at the dramatic elegance that typifies this house. Fine antiques are combined to great effect with contemporary furniture, bright kilns and rugs and a diverse colour pallet to add individuality and impact to each room. With a total of 9 bedrooms the house even has its own consecrated chapel and 12 hectares of olive groves and vineyards. Drama and modernity in a classical setting.
V4590CJ – €1,980,000. The classical exterior of this noble Leopolidina villa near Florence, belies an unexpected interior that fuses contemporary style and beautiful original architectural features. Dating back over 200 years, the house has been renovated with style and taste. The open plan rooms are light and airy with bleached beams, high ceilings and dramatic arches providing natural boundaries to the different living zones. The white walls contribute to the elegant simplicity of this gorgeous house and provide a perfect backdrop for statement pieces of furniture. With 6 bedrooms the house is is complete with all modern comforts such as under floor heating/cooling and marble finishing in the kitchen and is surrounded by 2 hectares of private land. Easy, refined living 15 minutes from the City.
V2780TS – €640,000. If you’re feeling inspired to create your own noble abode, this restoration project in the heart of beautiful Cortona might be for you. On the third and fourth floors of a fully renovated palazzo, this gorgeous 2-3 bedroom residence provides a blank canvas of faded elegance with stunning frescoed walls and high decorated ceilings, one of which boasts a dramatic central dome set off by an ornate chandelier. A gorgeous space just waiting to be brought back to life.
V3846V €3,800,000. The 14th century wrought iron gates that sit at the entrance to the main lime tree lined driveway to this house, provide a taste of the the historic elegance that is to come. With views over Lari Castle and the Pisan plains and mountains, this sumptuous 8 bedroom villa is furnished with the finest antiques to create an interior of historic perfection and refinement. Polished marble floors are balanced by shimmering chandeliers that radiate light throughout the house. Fine arches, white architrave ceilings and a neutral colour pallet all combine to create a luminous environment of traditional elegance. Continuing the beauty outside, in the surrounding landscaped grounds, to the front of the villa there is a delightful pool with two cherub statues pouring water from small jars. Classical elegance and perfection.
V4856C – €2,850,000. Dating back to 1300, this ancient villa near Todi in Umbria has been perfectly restored with superb high-quality finishes. Featuring large and bright spaces with terracotta floors, original internal doors, decorated ceilings and architraves and a beautiful stone fireplace in the main living room, the atmosphere is one of warm sophistication. Part of the ceiling in the living area boasts its original terracotta trimmings. In the sleeping area, there are parquet floors and bathrooms with wood panelling. In charming rustic contrast, there is a superb taverna in the basement that was once the refectory of a monastery belonging to the Camaldolese monks. With 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, numerous annexes, a gym and a stunning pool the estate also includes 14 hectares of land with producing vineyards and olive groves. A dream estate in a fantastic location.
V4371PV – €2,900,000 This stunning 15th century, villa is located just half an hour from Florence in one of the most picturesque areas of Chianti where the famous Tignanello wine is produced. With 15 bedrooms in the villa and annex, the house is decorated in authentic baronial style. Rough iron chandeliers hang from high, dark, exposed wood and beamed ceilings. Rich hand made cotto floors are complimented by finely woven silk rugs. Imposing fireplaces provide a central focus to the living areas. The neutral walls are hung with coats of arms and striking, heavily framed, historic oil paintings. The property also boasts its own small chapel as well as fantastic cellars where the wine and oil produced on the 6 hectares of included land were once stored. This magnificent estate is completed by an equally magnificent swimming pool. Nobility and rustic drama in Chianti.
V3757V – €4,500,000. Unadulterated, noble grandeur is the the theme of this magnificent 18th century villa near Lari in Tuscany. At the end of a Cypress lined driveway in a wonderful panoramic hill top position, set in manicured Italianate gardens with fountains, statues and a pool, the surroundings of this luxurious villa are entirely in keeping with the house itself. The high ceilinged rooms are abundant in gorgeous original frescoes. A dramatic central staircase, imposing archways, full length windows, impressive fireplaces and hand made floors are just some of the stunning original features that work in harmony with the fine antique drapes and furnishings to create an interior of opulence and historically authentic elegance. With 8 bedrooms and numerous reception rooms this palatial property also boasts a fantastic roof terrace with amazing views. Fabulous grandiosity in its purest form.
V4013PV – €1,000,000. On the Versilian coast, 5 minutes from Camaiore, with its nearby beaches, the property is also within easy reach of Forte dei Marmi, reputed to be one of the most loved, high end coastal resorts in Tuscany. This 10 bedroom villa has a garden and pool with a dramatic entrance befitting its noble heritage. The external splendour of this well priced property is reflected internally with a sumptuous interior of fine antiques and contemporary pieces that work in harmony with the lime washed beams, stone fireplaces, cotto floors and soft pastel walls to create a refined but relaxed elegance. Noble living near the Tuscan coast.