For Sale: Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa
The Tuscan villa that belonged to Michelangelo, in the heart of Chianti, is up for sale.
Located just outside the village of Castellina in Chianti, between Florence and Siena, the property was acquired by the Renaissance artist in 1549, when he was 74 years old, for 2,281 fiorini (florins, type of currency), the equivalent of €280,000 today.
The 1200-square-meter (12916 square feet) stone villa was built around an 11th century tower, known as the ‘Tower of Michelangelo.’ It has ten bedrooms, seven bathrooms, several living rooms including one with fireplace and brick barrel-vaulted ceiling, a country style kitchen. A ten-year restoration has maintained the historic and rustic feel of the property, which features wrought-iron balconies, wood-beam ceilings and a stone courtyard.
The garden that surrounds the property measures 2,5 hectares (6 acres) and includes a lemon orchard, an olive grove with 200 olive trees, manicured lawns and vineyards.
The Buonarroti family owned the villa until 1867. The current owner has had it since the mid-1970s, and holds copies of the original documents and deed to the home signed by Michelangelo, which comes with the purchase of the property.
The asking price is €7,5M. You can see the listing by Handsome Properties International here.
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Want to see what Villa Michelangelo looks like? Check the slideshow below (photos credit Handsome Properties).