A stunning Italian villa is up for sale that has an interesting piece of history associated with its heritage. It was owned by silk merchant Francesco Del Giocondo, whose beautiful wife Lisa Gherardini is widely believed to have posed for Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa portrait. The £16-milliom estate is located just three miles outside of Florence in the picturesque Tuscan countryside and includes a 27 hectare park.
Apart from the main estate, the property comprises a chapel, a custodian’s house and several annexes for agricultural use, which includes three lemon houses. The main house features eight large bedrooms, several reception rooms with rich architectural features, which include ceiling frescoes and ornate woodwork. The annexes also have a number of additional rooms.
The property was fully renovated by its previous owner Marchioness Nathalie Antinori at the beginning of the 20th century. Credit goes to her brother Egisto Paolo Fabbri – an architect and artist for the redesign.
It is marketed as “one of the most interesting historic homes which we have in Tuscany, on of the most requested regions in the luxury sector” for its strategic location, rich historical heritage and pristine views.
All reception rooms are located on the first floor and overlook the perfectly-manicured gardens. The frescoes on the ceiling are in prime condition after the renewal. The bedrooms are on the second floor and feature marble en-suite bathrooms with double vanities and walk-in showers.
Plush carpets, stone fireplaces, wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling windows add to the regal appeal of the magnificent property. The house also features an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures that complement the original style of the property, restored to its historic glamour. There is a large chef’s kitchen fitted with state-of-the-art appliances. Exposed stone walls with arches and handmade cotto floors are just some of the other spectacular features.