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The 10 Most Amazing Luxury Italian Villas for Sale

Have you ever dreamed of living abroad? I have and do on a regular basis, although they’re not dreams of a small apartment in a destination city. My dreams involve countryside living in obscenely large estates. Today’s are all in Italy and my are they grand.
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1. Il Castello sul lago

Dating back to the year 802 (well before the discovery of the Americas), this compound includes a church, main living quarters and a guest house. It was at one point a military fortress!
(more info and photos here)

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2. Villa delle Anfore

This home is on the Tuscan coast with private access to the sea. There are stone steps leading down to the water and the home is gorgeous, but my favorite part is this perfect vined terrace for dining outdoors.
(more info and photos here)

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3. Villa Strozzi

This insanely regal property sits amongst it’s own park of woods, wine vineyards and olive groves. It also includes a chapel, farmhouse, swimming pool and tennis court.
(more info and photos here)

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4. Relais la Grande Quercia

Currently in use as a hotel, this property is a modern meets rustic paradise. It sits between the Sibillini Mountain National Park and the Adriatic Coast, overlooking the countryside.
(more info and photos here)

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5. Po Sante Hamlet

If you’ve ever wanted to own an entire village, or maybe need a place for your family compound, this hamlet located in ancient Umbria would fit the bill perfectly. The walled village has 19 individual dwellings, a central square, shared park, and pool.
(more info and photos here)

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6. Villa with Garden

While this home is more modern and located in the center of Milan, it still has an air of country to it. The bright veranda has amazing windows which allow an amazing openness with nature.
(more info and photos here)

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7. Villa Rinascimentale a Roma

This property is relatively new at only 92 years old (by Europe standards!), and located in the heart of Rome, only 5 minutes away from Vatican City. It is meant to be a hotel or tourism office, but I can’t see why one couldn’t make it a home.
(more info and photos here)

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8. Villa delle Baccanti

This villa, located between Pisa and Florence, is a beautiful stately home with gardens of century old cypress’ and frescoes from noted 18th century artist, Ademollo. The 360 views from the rooftop loggia are stunning.
(more info and photos here)

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9. Intero Borgo Medievale

To own Borgo del Ghirlandaio would feel like being a king, I imagine. The ancient mediaeval castle is home to 59 independent apartments, a church, a restaurant and a series of small shops. It reminds me of the Hornburg at Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings.
(more info and photos here)

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10. Villa dei Satiri

This last villa is considered one of the best examples of historic Tuscan architecture. It’s insanely huge, with Italian style gardens and many buildings on premises, including a glass butterfly house and The Bagnetti, a bath house with upper podiums for musicians to play for the guests.
(more info and photos here)

What do you think? Would you live in one of these estates?

The Absolute Dreamiest Lakeside Home On Its Own Private Island in Montana

shelter island estate aerial montanaOne of my favorite online hobbies is shopping for real estate, particularly real estate that is grandly, exorbitantly out of my price range. This Montana estate fits nicely inside that requirement and I’ve been obsessing ever since I found it. My only regret is that the photos were better quality – they were sadly resized on the listing page which is a pity because a home like this demands perfect images.

back of house from water
The view from the water. Stunning views. I’m obsessed with the stone and the trees and the way the light is reflecting off the lake.

great room with chandelier
Chandeliers always do it for me.

back terrace and breakfast nook with views
Most beautiful copper solarium on the left, breakfast nook with the best views on the right.

guest suite with fireplace and views
Guest room with fireplace and stone terrace.

mahogany kitchen
Huge kitchen which I don’t need to mention how huge it is. But oh my god it is huge.

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Stone wine cellar. I’m not much of a drinker but it would be fun to have bottles upon bottles on hand for house guests.

hinckley boat stall
Boat stall with rail system (! is that even necessary?? I don’t know but I like it).

back of house evening stone island estate
More solarium and terrace overlooking Flathead Lake.

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The terrace is obscene. I mean, I would host parties every night.

solarium on montana island estate
MORE. COPPER.

shelter Island estate aerial view
Don’t worry, that’s not a neighbor. That’s a 2 bedroom 4 bathroom guest house/boat house with another rail system and docks. Also there’s a workshop building, sporting clay course, and walking trails. Don’t ask me where because there aren’t pictures but they are somewhere and you get The Whole Island. 24 acres which also include an underground watering system because you want to keep this gem green and fresh. Want to see the property on Google Maps? I’ve got you covered:

Are you in love yet? Put 20% down on the 68m purchase price, and then you’ll only owe $275,00 a month for the next 30 years. It’s almost like it’s free. Purchase here.