Villas for sale in Italy come in all shapes, sizes and eras. Since its origins in the Roman villa, the design and function of the Italian villa has evolved from the fortress of the Medieval ages into the Reannaissance villas of the Medici then into elegant upper-class country homes made famous by architects such as Palladio. The 19th century saw neo-classical and later art nouveau or liberty villas. The modern day villa with every convenience at your finger tips is the culmination of the villa's development.
Renaissance Villas in Tuscany
Tuscany is home to 14th and 15th century Renaissance villas. The idea of the villa was returned to prominence by the Medici villas in the Mugello area near Florence and the Villa Medici in Fiesole. The villas once again popularised the idea, and it spread through Renaissance Italy and Europe. These Villas often had elaborately laid out gardens as seen in Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, Florence or the Villa di Pratolino in Siena.
Historic villas in Italy - Palazzi Storici
Palazzi Storici in Italy are villas that give a town its style, their beauty and majesty making each and every street a little jewel in itself. Their architecture differs according to location. Rome, for instance, is full of Papal palaces and noble residences, as well as thousands of Medieval and Baroque buildings, often converted into beautiful apartments.
In southern Sicily, historic Baroque Palazzi can be found in the Ragusa, Modica,Noto and Scicli. Floor areas of such buildings are large and often have great features such as wine cellars, traditional stone walls, high vaulted ceilings, original pece flooring and internal couryards with stone flagging. Some villas will have ceiling or wall frescoes which give the property an added beauty.
Palladian Villas Veneto
In the later 16th century in the northeastern Italian Peninsula the Palladian villas of the Veneto, designed by Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), were built in Vicenza in the Republic of Venice. Palladio always designed his villas with reference to their setting. He often unified all the farm buildings into the architecture of his extended villas.
Neo-Classical Italian Villas
Between the 1750s and 1760s, the rich and frivolous Rococo was going out of fashion, and there was a growing desire to return to the simple, yet elegant classicism of architecture of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. In its purest form the style is derived from the architecture of Classical Greece and the architecture of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Since it was widely based on Classicism, the movement was named Neo-Classicism. Everything from villas, palaces, gardens, interiors and art began to be based on Roman and Greek themes.
Emila Romagna has a fine selection of neo-classical villas, but they are also found in other regions. Historical properties consisting of a seventeenth-century manor house and usually agricultural service buildings. One feature of neo-classical villas is façade of two pairs of twin pilasters with Corinthian capitals that support the triangular pediment and an elegant central staircase.
Art Nouveau Liberty Villas in Italy
The liberty style (Italian: Stile Liberty) was the Italian variant of Art Nouveau, which flourished between about 1900 and 1914. It took its name from Arthur Lasenby Liberty who in 1874 founded Liberty Department Store in London, which specialized in importing ornaments, textiles and art objects from Japan and the Far East. Liberty style was especially popular in large cities outside of Rome which were eager to establish a distinct cultural identity, particularly Milan, Palermo and Turin, the city where the first major exposition of the style in Italy was held.
Liberty style, like other versions of Art Nouveau, had the ambition of turning ordinary objects, such as chairs and windows, into works of art. Liberty style was strongly influenced by the Baroque with very lavish ornament and colour, both on the interior and exterior.
The Modern Italian Villa
The modern Italian villa with a classic Mediterranean style is recognisable for smooth stucco walls, sheltered patios and red-tiled roofs. As well as being ascetically appealing, Mediterranean style homes are also well designed for Italy’s climate. The iconic red tiles absorb heat during hotter months lower the temperature inside, and the terraces allow for al fresco dining in the summer.
Tuscany is the most popular region for people looking to buy an Italian villa. The region has a mix of stunning, unspoiled landscapes dotted with picturesque medieval hilltop villages and a Riviera coastline. The classic villa for sale in Tuscany will have a swimming pool, at least three bedrooms and come with some land. Both Val d’Orcia, Val d'Era and the Chianti area are famed for their beautiful villas. Little wonder when they have been designated Unesco World Heritage Sites and Tuscany’s leading wine producing areas. Villas on the Tuscan coast provide great sea views and you are close to beaches of Versilia, with picturesque resorts such as Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. Lunigiana in the north of the region offers the most affordable Tuscan villa properties.
A wonderful villa with a sea view in Liguria overlooking the sea is a dream of many. Liguria's picturesque 170 mile coastline, the Italian Riviera, is home to dozens of splendidly unspoiled towns and villages. In western Liguria sea view villas around Sanremo and Bordighera offer unbridled luxury and elegance that this area is famous for. In the five towns of the Cinque Terre coast – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, the villas tend to be smaller and brightly coloured. Villas in Liguria on the La Spezia coast and the Gulf of Lerici are more affordable, but the nearer the coast you go, expect to pay a higher price. Some exceptional villas have private direct sea access. In Liguria a property with easy car access makes it more valuable.
In Lazio, villas around the beautiful seaside towns of Sperlonga, Gaeta, Itri and Formia enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the sea but also of surrounding hills covered in olive trees.
The Campania coastline of Cilento and the Amalfi have many newer villas with sea views. Swimming pools and terraces for outdoor dining are typical. A typical villa is 300 sqm of living space surrounded by 10,000 sqm of with olive trees or a vineyard. Santa Maria di Castellabate and Agropoli on the Cilento coast are authentic Italian towns.
Sea view villas in Puglia are constantly in demand. Noted for elegant comfort and spacious, bright rooms, a typical villa will have outside terraces and a garden with olive trees. Villas are often enclosed by a dry stone wall, built according to local tradition. Thanks to the elevated position of many villas the sea views are amazing. The exteriors are decorated in a minimal style and the canopies are often present to the shade outside diners.
Villas with sea views and pools on the Puglia coastline are plentiful and attract excellent rental income from the thriving tourist market. If you buy a villa with a sea view in Puglia and wish to rent, you can expect full occupancy during the summer months. Wherever you are in Puglia, you are never more than an hour's drive from the Adriatic or Ionian coast.
The northern lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda offer villas of sumptous beauty with lake and alpine views. Lake Maggiore with its famous resort of Stresa has some of the most stunning homes for sale in Piedmont. Both Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta are within easy reach of ski resorts. Villa on the popular Italian Lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda achieve healthy rental returns, but as the Italian lakes are one of the most scenic parts of Italy, prices can be steep. Three-bedroom villas with a lake view, private terrace and garden on Como start at around 400,000 Euro. Lake Como villas in Menaggio and Lenno are popular. The desirable central western shore of Lake Como offers villa with a lake view and also within easy reach of Milan and Swizerland. Often set back on a hill overlooking the elegant lakefront and the charming historical centres.
Like all properties access is important. The Italian lakes have good accessibility with the airports of Malpensa, Milan Linate and Brescia. The area offers an idyllic Italian experience in an outstanding natural environment, perfect as a second home location.
A luxurious villa with beautiful scenic views over the Lake Trasimeno in Umbria is another option for lakeside living in Italy. Villas with a pool and land with olive groves and an annex are the classic requirements. And like all lake properties offers great rental possibilities.
The Italian Villa for sale as Fractional Ownership
Did you know there is another way to own a luxury Italian villa for a fraction of the cost? Fractional or Collective Ownership allows buyers to collectively own a luxury Italian villa with a pool and land. Authentic Italian properties set amongst vineyards and olive groves and enjoying sea views in locations of outstanding natural beauty.
As a lifestyle choice, fractional ownership makes sense as the majority of us struggle to take more than 5 weeks’ vacation each year. As a fractional owner you will enjoy five weeks in a luxury property for each share purchased, but annual maintenance and running costs are divided with fellow owners.
The Pinelli Estate
The Pinelli estate in Campania is a superb example of a luxury Italian villa with pool and land being sold fractionally. The Pinelli estate is expertly managed to guarantee owners an outstanding Italian experience every time. For more details of the Pinelli estate take a look at our fractional ownership page
We are constantly assessing villa properties as potential candidates for Fractional Ownership in Tuscany, Piemonte, Puglia. Le Marche and other popular regions. Contact Us if you wish to be notified as new fractional properties come onto the market.
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