Global Spotlight: Artisinal Italian Properties

December 21, 2020

As a global real estate company, Engel & Völkers proudly serves communities in more than 30 countries. From here in the Americas, through Europe and Asia, and down to Africa, Engel & Völkers advisors serve their communities not only as local market experts but also as global advisors with an understanding of the real estate market on a global scale. In part, Engel and Völkers has gathered information about the increased popularity of culturally rich and artistic properties throughout Italy. 

For centuries, Italy has been a global center for art and architecture. Tied with China for the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites (a staggering 55), Italy is rife with highly renowned museums, archeological sites, libraries, churches, and monasteries. The culture and art preserved in these historic locations are equally abundant in many of Italy’s real estate properties. 

We treasure all of the artistic and historic homes represented in the portfolio of Engel & Völkers Italy. Not only are these manors, castles, villas and farmhouses, with their parks and gardens, a portrayal of Italian history, art and tradition, but they are also an essential socio-economic cultural heritage aspect, their maintenance and conservation are entirely entrusted to the private owners.

Christoph Feigenbutz, Country Manager of Engel & Völkers Italy

Engel & Völkers expects this section of real estate to grow, as buyers continue to look for properties that can please their needs for greater space. Here are five stunning, artistic properties that Engel & Völkers Italy is proud to represent.

Bergamo, Lombardy

Located in the heart of Bergamo, Lombardy, this historical and artistic treasure was recently restored by Italian architect Pino Giavarini. Across its three floors, the 7,858 square foot apartment includes a music room, dining room, two salons (one with its own bar), a bathroom and sauna, and a Turkish bath. Most of the rooms include stunning frescos and decorations from the second half of the 1800s including art by Bernardo Pietro Brignoli and Federico Ferrario. Engel & Völkers is currently brokering this artistic jewel for $3.95 million USD.

Serralunga di Crea, Piedmont

Nestled in the hills of Serralunga di Crea, Piedmont, the Castle of Forneglio stands out as a historic monument. Boasting 37,674 square feet of living space, this exclusive residence is listed at $2.6 million USD. All of the estate’s rooms, including fourteen bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a billiard room, and a library, come with historic decor and antique furniture. The castle is surrounded by a twenty-two-acre park, with almost nine acres dedicated to wine production. Only a short distance from Milan, Turin, and Genoa, the Castle of Forneglio is the perfect quiet retreat for those who still need access to the modern luxuries of Italy’s major cities. 

Venice, Veneto

Engel & Völkers is currently selling this $1.49 million USD penthouse located in the Cannaregio district of Venice. The extravagant home has stunning views of the Renaissance Miracoli Church, one of Venice’s most famous churches and is only a five-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. As Venice is renowned for its artistic history, it is only fitting that the penthouse is an architectural masterpiece. Highlights include the home’s 18th-century parquet, pastel-colored ceilings, frescoed walls, and ancient cherry-wood doors. 

Bologna, Emilia Romagna

Engel & Völkers is brokering this renovated 18th-century villa for $3 million USD. Located in the hills of Bologna, between Po Valley, the Apennines, and the Adriatic Riviera, this estate harmoniously integrates history and modern technology. The cultural and artistic heritage of Emilia Romagna has been maintained by the restored frescoes in the dining room, living room, and ballroom. Within quick reach of the international airport of Bologna, this ancient villa is the perfect place for a safe escape. 

Catania, Sicily

This $1.6 million USD villa comes complete with the work of renowned 19th-century Sicilian painter Giuseppe Sciuto Russo, universally known as Sciuti. Sciuti’s incredible work adorns the ceiling of a lounge. The property’s 8,934 square feet of living space features well-preserved historic and artistic elements including Sicilian terracotta tiles, paintings, sculptures, and antique furniture. Modern amenities include a gym with a wellness area and a swimming pool.

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