Monday, January 18, 2016

Castles In Italy, Sales, Woods And All, Bargains

Water to cross, coins for the boatmen, dragons and dead heads, valleys and oceans to crows, birds and bees, glory dazes done. Happy dazes again, joys and pains, lessons learned, frogs and fish in the water, notes of bugs and snakes. Happy for the cows, happy for the birds and the bald turkeys, saints and sinners, happy dazes again, glory dazes done.

Common Walls, Jails And Prisons, Walls for knights to guard. Nightmares to deal with the fake friends that leave you to swing in the wind, happy to save their own skin, happy to keep heads in the sand. Gifts and talents runs to good looks, lack of brains, with lots of tickets for trains, and free plane rides. Hell hounds here on earth, gifts from the center of the earth, gifts from the fake friends, lies for the truth and honesty with rose color glasses. Mistakes made with the whales on land, mistakes made with the fairies, mistakes made with the frogs and the fools.

Medieval Fixer-Upper

Castello di Sapia, originally constructed in the Late Middle Ages, lies in the heart of the “Crete” Hills of Siena. It comes complete with a medieval lookout tower.
The listing notes that “major restructuring is necessary for use as a residence and/or home.”
Price: € 2.500.000, full listing & property photos here.

The Bulgari family’s old seaside shack (private beach included)

Perched on a reef of the Etruscan coast, the villa is also known as Villa Godilonda and has been owned by the famous poet Gabriele D’Annunzio and more recently by the Bulgari family. The villa boasts 28 suites and a private beach but the listing mentions the property needs restoration. It also notes that it would be possible to built a heliport. You know, just in case.
Price: € 8.000.000, full listing here.

 Three for One: Castle + Vineyard + Olive Grove

“Dating back to the 17th century, this property is a true architectural masterpiece and is nestled in the green hills of Tuscany, in the heart of the famous Chianti area. There is a producing vineyard for the production of excellent Tuscan wine and an olive grove for making extra virgin olive oil.”
It also looks like it might have its own prison for your power-tripping convenience ↑
Price: Over 10 million euros, full listing here.

Extremely photogenic Villa in Lucca

Looks like a good wedding spot. Also a good spot to live out the rest of your days in paradise.
Price: 5 to 10 million euros. Full listing.

Pinocchio’s Villa

The Gardener of this luxurious villa was also the father of Carlo Lorenzini, the author of Pinocchio. The writer decided to set the masterpiece that made him famous, in this magnificent property near Lucca built in the 1600s, and that is why the Villa bears the name Villa Pinocchio.
Price: Over 10 million euros, full listing here.

Historic Castle complete with slaughter house and private family graveyard.

The description lists such amenities as: “stables, the slaughter house, large cellars, the medieval chapel dedicated and the private family graveyard”. Oh and there’s also a drawbridge. Awesome.
It looks like the property has been used as a venue for events by the previous owners.
Let’s hope to get a few more butts in those seats in the near future.
Price: Over 10 million euros. Full listing here.

Owner wanted for Ligura Castle with a garden in need of a good trim

Built in 1911, in Coppedè style, as was fashionable during that period, and features a total floor surface of 800 m2 over six floors for a total of 26 rooms and halls.
This cave entryway is pretty fantastic too.
The price is 2.5 to 5 million euros, full listing here.
Looking through these properties for sale gives me a mixed feeling of wonderment and sadness. Amazed by these beautiful and vast estates with their elliptical staircases, medieval frescoes,  and sweeping views over vineyards, but saddened by the ghostly absence of the families and communities that once inhabited them. You can almost hear the chatter of party guests on a warm summer’s evening, the echoes of laughing children that knew every hiding place, the sprinkling of water being hosed over the flower beds by a proud gardener whose entire family had been employed here for generations.
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