Luxury Real Estate in Italy comprises a large and spacious apartment inside a historic palazzo in the historic city centre of Città di Castello Umbria. A stylish, versatile and attractive property which is for sale furnished. Possible to buy further units in the building.

Città di Castello Luxury Apartment

Città di Castello has a long history and combines its ancient past with its modern cosmopolitan outlook and a thriving economy to provide an ideal place to live.

Nestled within one of Città di Castello’s most exquisite and captivating historical edifices, the former noble abode of the Corsi family from the 15th century until 1997, stands this luxurious apartment now available for purchase. Occupying the first floor of the Palazzo, this property boasts splendid reception rooms and three spacious bedrooms, all adorned with marble features, authentic frescoes, and distinctive pieces of furniture, epitomizing luxury real estate at its finest.

The apartment’s unique attributes make it an ideal choice as a private dwelling or a prestigious home, yet it also offers immense potential for transformation into an small upmarket boutique hotel, bed and breakfast, or historical lodging for a discerning clientele. Alternatively, it could serve as a gallery or a “house museum” to accommodate a small community or cultural hub.

Situated in the historic heart of Città di Castello, all essential amenities including banks, supermarkets, post offices, and top-tier restaurants are readily accessible. Moreover, its location facilitates easy travel to and from various key destinations in the Tiber Valley, with Sansepolcro, Anghiari, Cortona, Gubbio, Perugia, and Assisi all within an hour’s reach.

Access to the apartment is streamlined through the main entrance with a lift conveniently situated in the communal stairwell, shared with two additional flats (also part of the Palazzo and potentially connectable) previously occupied by servants. The entrance hall leads to the various sections of the apartment, ensuring complete privacy in the sleeping quarters even when entertaining guests.

This expansive property features a large entrance hall, a corridor, an eat-in kitchen complete with a grand ancient pietra serena fireplace, an office space, a spacious reception room, three double bedrooms (one of which is currently utilised as a dressing room), two modernised bathrooms, and an enchanting third bathroom. Exclusive access to a tavern exceeding 30 square metres and a laundry room with a technical area on the split-level floors enhances the property’s appeal. Additionally, a convenient garage with an adjoining bathroom is included.

Potential buyers also have the option to acquire three more units within the same building: two on the main floor, previously servant quarters, each comprising a living room with kitchenette, bedroom, and bathroom; and an office space on the ground floor with independent street access.

The palazzo, dating back to the mid-15th century and established by the noble Corsi family, stands on what is believed to be an ancient Roman insula. Over the centuries, it has been lavishly decorated with frescoes by renowned artists, adding both decorative and educational value to the building.

Each door is embellished with marbled wooden lacquering, a popular 18th-century technique inspired by neoclassicism, which also introduced trompe-l’œil architectural elements seen in the painted columns adorning the walls and ceilings of the reception room. The master bedroom features illusionary architecture with Caryatids, and the period is further represented by eight black-and-white perspective views framed in gold, showcasing significant Italian cities’ art buildings, complemented by festoons, floral motifs, and satyrs. An elegant tapestry decorated with rosettes and stencils, perfectly preserved to this day, adorns the ceiling of the room currently used as a dressing room.

Some ceilings boast coffered designs with grand marble columns, others depict pastoral or festive scenes, while those in the bedrooms symbolise love, portrayed through Cupid in various states. The bedrooms, retaining their historical charm, are closely situated to the three bathrooms, benefitting from ample natural light and picturesque views of both the main avenue and the charming Sant’Andrea street adjacent.

Each room retains its original name, inspired by the main theme of its ceiling frescoes. The Sant’Andrea hall is named after four lions depicting the martyrdom of the apostle, after whom the street below is named. Cupid’s room features the Greek god, depicted blindfolded and as a harbinger of passionate love on the ceiling, symbolising a matrimonial blessing. The Hall of Mirrors is distinguished by its painted mirrors in oval shapes with gold frames, reflecting the visages of young women, embodying neoclassical elegance and feminine beauty and grace.

The comprehensive restoration of both the apartment and the building, conducted between 1997 and 2000, has meticulously preserved its historical integrity while ensuring comfort and modern conveniences are well integrated. Exceptional attention was given to detail in selecting high-quality materials, including silk and damask textile finishes, and in harmonising the toning of the non-frescoed walls with the apartment’s overall elegance. The original flooring has been meticulously maintained throughout, with the exception of the colourful grit and inlaid designs in the three bathrooms, further accentuating the property’s luxurious appeal.

  • TYPE: Luxury real estate – apartment inside a historic palazzo
  • CONDITION: Restored, luxury finishes
  • LOCATION: Historic city centre
  • ACCESS: Excellent, paved road
  • MUNICIPALITY: Città di Castello
  • PROVINCE: Perugia
  • REGION: Umbria
  • INTERIORS: 290 square metres (3,120 square feet)
  • BEDROOMS: 3+
  • ANNEXES: Laundry, rustic hall, garage
  • MAIN FEATURES: Wooden beams, vaulted ceilings, historic cellar, brick arches, original frescoes, trompe-l’œil architectures, original stone fireplaces, terracotta and decorated ceramics flooring, marbled wooden frames, gold leaf decorations, private terraces, furniture included in the selling price, private garage, possibility of buying three neighbouring apartments
  • ELECTRICITY: Already connected
  • WATER SUPPLY: Mains water
  • TELEPHONE: Already connected
  • ADSL: Yes
  • GAS: Natural gas
  • HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators
  • CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Services (50m; 2’), Citerna (13km; 15’), Monterchi (14km; 15’), Monte Santa Maria Tiberina (16km; 30’), Sansepolcro (19km; 20’), Montone (22km; 20’), Anghiari (24km; 25’), Umbertide (25km; 20’), Arezzo (40km; 45’), Cortona (54km; 1h 5’), Passignano sul Trasimeno (65km; 55’), Gubbio (52km; 45’), Perugia (56km; 50’), Assisi (69km; 50’)
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS Perugia San Francesco (54km; 40’), Firenze A. Vespucci (128km; 1h 40’), Bologna G. Marconi (193km; 2h), Pisa G. Galilei (196km; 2h 20’), Roma Ciampino (235km; 2h 25’), Roma Fiumicino (253km; 2h 35’)

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