Yeah, we’ve all seen Under the Tuscan Sun. But anyone who has entertained visions of owning a villa in the Italian countryside and spending their days drinking wine against a rolling vineyard backdrop isn’t thinking big enough.
Feast your eyes on Sammezzano Castle, a fortress that sits on 65 acres in the Tuscan town of Reggello, halfway between Florence and Arezzo, where you can live like a king for a cool $18.5 million. The 58,400-square-foot Moorish-inspired structure was built by a Spaniard in 1605, restored in the 19th century by an Italian politician, and is today considered one of the country’s most significant illustrations of the Orientalist architectural style, with thousands of ceramic-tile mosaics, sculptural bas reliefs, and ornate carved domes and arches. It’s little wonder why its 365 rooms, each with a whimsical name like the Peacock Room and the Hall of Mirrors, have become quiet Instagram stars.
The grounds are just as spectacular, balancing exotic plants with Italy’s largest collection of old-growth sequoia trees, which were imported from California, as well as homages to the Moorish architectural canon, including pools and fountains and terra cotta garden statues. Vast green lawns provide expansive views of the castle’s clock tower façade.
Though the property has enjoyed an illustrious history—it was once owned by a Medici, is rumored to have hosted Charlemagne during his travels from Rome, and served as a hotel from the 1970s until the 1990s—it sat vacant for the last two decades waiting for a buyer. Plans in the early 2000s to develop it into a luxury hotel stalled, and a local campaign to turn the historic site into a public museum never took off. But here’s hoping some knight in shining armor will swoop in and save it from abandonment, giving the castle the fairy tale ending it deserves.
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