Italy is considered for many centuries the center for art and architecture and is one of the countries with the highest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many highly renowned museums, archeological sites, libraries, churches and monasteries can be found in cities such as Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome, just to name a few. The depiction of cultural elements is also preserved in many real estate properties around the country. “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,” says Christoph Feigenbutz, Country Manager of Engel & Völkers Italy.
In Bergamo’s city center lies a distinguished apartment for sale in Palazzo Barca: an 18th-century property that has been restored by Italian architect Pino Giavarini. In 730 square meters of living space, it consists of three floors, offering an elegant music room, a representative dining room, two salons, one with its own bar, a bathroom with a sauna and a Turkish bath. Most of the rooms depict stunning frescoes and decorations of the second half of the 1800s and are attributed to artists Bernardo Pietro Brignoli and Federico Ferrario. The apartment is located only ten kilometers from the airport of Bergamo Orio al Serio and fifty kilometers from Brescia airport. Engel & Völkers is currently brokering this artistic jewel for 3.95 million euros.
In a small village nested in the hills of Piedmont, lies an impressive castle constructed in the 1700s. With a total living space of 3,500 square metres, this exclusive residence is up for sale for 2.6 million euros. It offers 14 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a big billiard room and a library, all of which are decorated with antique furniture. The castle is surrounded by an extensive park on an approximately nine-hectare plot surface, of which 3,5 hectares are used for wine production and the other for arable land and woods. With a short distance to main Italian cities like Milan, Turin and Genoa, the castle of Forneglio is the perfect hideaway for those looking for a quiet retreat but also being able to grasp the city life within a short drive.
Venice is renowned for many centuries as one of the most famous art cities worldwide. Engel & Völkers is currently selling for 1.49 million euros an attic in a palazzo of the 1500s in the district of Cannaregio, with a view on the Renaissance Miracoli Church, one of the most characteristic churches of Venice, and a five-minute walk to the Rialto Bridge. The 18th-century parquet, the pastel-colored ceilings and frescoed walls, as well as the ancient cherry-wood doors, make the apartment so special.
For a price of 3 million euros, Engel & Völkers is brokering this renovated 18th-century villa in the surrounding hills of Bologna, between the Po Valley, the Apennines and the Adriatic Riviera. It represents the perfect harmony between history and the most modern technological solutions. The restored architectural elements such as the several frescoes in the dining and living rooms, as well as in the ballroom, are what makes this property a cultural and artistic heritage of Emilia Romagna. The garden is designed by a landscape architect, making the residence the perfect place for a safe escape. Its location also facilitates the quick reach to the international airport of Bologna.
19th-century Sicilian painter Giuseppe Sciuto Russo, universally known as Sciuti, has adorned the ceiling in a lounge of this villa with one of his distinguished paintings. The property boasts approximately 830 square metres of living area and presents well-preserved historic and artistic features such as Sicilian terracotta tiles, several paintings and sculptures, as well as antique furniture. It includes a cellar, a gym with a wellness area and a large well-kept garden with a swimming pool. This estate is on the market for 1.6 million euros.
“We have noticed an increased interest in these kinds of properties, especially during the corona pandemic. Many people are searching for an escape with large green spaces and at the same time cozy and sophisticated indoor areas,” explains Christoph Feigenbutz. 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.