If you’re a fan of Gore Vidal — not to mention a fan of Italy — then boy are you in luck. The Italian home that the famed author owned for 30 years has just gone on the market for $21 million, Variety reports. And obviously it’s spectacular.
Situated in the town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, the home (called “La Rondinaia,” or the swallow’s nest due to its original shape) was built in the 1930s, is approximately 10,226 square feet and has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms on about six acres of land. The grounds are even more spectacular than the house, if possible, and feature lemon trees, olive trees, grape arbors, gardens, a pool, pool house and a sauna.
Vidal entertained many famous people at La Rondinaia including Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol and even Hillary Clinton.
From the photos, it does look like the house could use a little bit of work (particularly in the kitchen), but seriously who would stay indoors when you could be chilling out with this spectacular view?
In a 1993 story Architectural Digest did about La Rondinaia, Vidal mentioned how much he loved the property, where he lived full-time until he was too old to navigate the craggy rocks. “When I’m away, I think about Ravello all the time. Knowing I can come back here makes the road bearable,” he said.