Michelangelo’s Tuscan villa is a work of art

(Image Credit : Handsome Properties International & Jörg Bittner Unna via wikimedia)
(Image Credit : Handsome Properties International & Jörg Bittner Unna via wikimedia)

In the hills surrounding the Tuscan village of Castellina di Chianti is a building dubbed La Torre di Michelangelo, also known as Michelangelo’s tower. As the name suggests, it was once owned by the sculptor and artist Michelangelo, and it’s up for grabs for 7.5 million euros ($8.5 million).

According to the New York Times, Michelangelo bought the property for his nephew but used it as a respite from working on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Local archives show that Michelangelo purchased the property for 2,360 florins in 1549.

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The current owners have spent the past 20 years carefully reconstructing the property, and the 10-bedroom, seven-bath estate – which totals 13,000 square feet – contains an impressive amount of original features: the main iron gate; vaulted brick ceilings; terra-cotta tiles; wooden ceiling beams; fireplaces; stone windowsills; and even the kitchen sink.

The main building comes with four bedrooms, three living rooms, a dining room and kitchen, a study, and an unfinished, stone-lined cellar perfect for wine storage.

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Then there’s the grove of 200 olive trees and a 1,000-year-old olive oil mill. The second floor of the mill has been refurbished as a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, and next door to the mill is a limonaia, used for drying lemons that would make a perfect artist’s studio.

On the other side of the main residence are two newly reconstructed apartments, each with two bedrooms and one bath.

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(Image Credit : Handsome Properties International)

While it all sounds quite lovely, we’re hoping there are some extra David’s laying around there somewhere.

Handsome Properties International have the listing. [NYT]

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