Visit the Historic Houses in Italy

Knowing the Italian historic houses through a visit to castles, villas, palaces, villages and other historic residences throughout Italy. The owners, wise guardians of these dwellings, will guide you through the visits, discovering new places of the Italian cultural heritage.

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Villa Pandola Sanfelice

Villa Pandola Sanfelice

Lauro - AV
Villa Pandola Sanfelice in Lauro is built on the ramparts of the ancient town walls just under the Lancellotti castle. The gate in Piazzetta Teresa Sanfelice opens on an alley bordered by orange and lemon trees, that follows the outline of the old boundary walls, leading to its entrance. The garden extends on the left to include a hill - [...]
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Castle Ginori in Querceto

Castle Ginori in Querceto

Montecatini Val di Cecina - PI
In the heart of the Cecina Valley, between Volterra and the Etruscan Coast, the Ginori Castle perches on top of a hill in Querceto an enchanting medieval village whose long and rich history has blended for over two centuries with the history of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci, a noble Florentine family who are famous throughout the world for their precious porcelain - [...]
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Castle of Bornato

Castle of Bornato

Cazzago San Martino - BS
In the heart of Franciacorta, among the gentle hills of vineyards, dominates the Castle Bornato and Villa Orlando, rare example of a Renaissance villa built in a medieval castle. The location is absolutely stunning and the view glimpse on the Po Valley and on clear days all the way to the Apennines. The original core was an ancient Roman castrum built to - [...]
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The “Galleria del Cembalo” – Palazzo Borghese

The “Galleria del Cembalo” – Palazzo Borghese

Roma - RM
The Galleria del Cembalo occupies one portion of what in 1700 was the so-called Galleria Terrena of the Borghese Palace, opening on the secret garden with the wonderful fountains by Rainaldi (and others), which with the time became a perfect space for the exhibition of the paintings and sculptures collection of the Borghese. Nowadays it represents an - [...]
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Castle of Gabiano

Castle of Gabiano

Gabiano - AL
Situated in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy, boasts more than a century of history. In the 8th century, the document signed by Carlo Magno already testify the presence of a “Cortem magnam nominam Gabianam”. In the remote 1164, Federico the 1st granted the investiture to the Marquis Guglielmo II of Monferrato. From this time the Castello di Gabiano - [...]
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Castle of Miradolo

Castle of Miradolo

San Secondo di Pinerolo - TO
The Cosso Foundation was born in 2008 in Pinerolo and aims at developing culture and art, scientific and humanistic research and at promoting the territory in Piedmont. Most of the projects such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, educational trainings and social activities are held in the areas that are in under repair in Miradolo Castle. The Foundation - [...]
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Palazzo delle Clarisse Hotel

Palazzo delle Clarisse Hotel

Amantea - CS
In the beautiful Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria rises the seventeenth-century Palazzo delle Clarisse: a landscape of rare beauty, at the edge of the ancient urban center, situated at the top of a cliff once lapped by the waves of the sea. The architectonic structure consists of different levels, following the profile of the rocky spur on which the different volumes - [...]
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Villa Malfatti

Villa Malfatti

San Giorgio Canavese - TO
Villa Malfatti , surrounded by a large park in the heart of the Canavese, belongs to the descendants of the Baron Stefano Malfatti di Monte Tretto since five generations. The Baron Malfatti bought the villa and restored it in the late nineteenth century. On the side of the main facade, four arches framed by antique roses surround a vast atrium that allows to - [...]
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Marquis Castle of Auletta

Marquis Castle of Auletta

Auletta - SA
The Auletta’s Marquis Castle is one of the most ancient residence in Salerno’s province. During its history the Castle has been house of many noble families and it is now house of the Maioli Castriota Scanderbech. The building has medioeval origin and it got its current configuration in the 1240 when the Castle became part of the defense fortress of the - [...]
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Palazzo Taverna

Palazzo Taverna

Roma - RM
Former residence of the Orsini and Borgia is located in the heart of Rome between Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo. It was built in the thirteenth century and mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Welcomes you to its picturesque courtyard and its magnificent seventeenth-century fountain. In the halls of the Ala Baroque, beautifully furnished - [...]
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Castle of Porcia

Castle of Porcia

Porcia - PN
The Castle of Porcia is one of the emblematic locations of the history of the Friuli region. The complex is made up of a central keep, a Renaissance wing and a Venetian-style structure. Built to serve the military purpose of protecting the territory from Barbarian invasion, in the 13th century the Castle became the permanent residence of the noble Porcia e - [...]
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Villa Gamberaia

Villa Gamberaia

Firenze - FI
The villa appears as a regular block in the best tradition of Florentine architecture. It stands on walled foundations to create a terrace, a feature of fundamental importance to the spatial logic of properties of this kind: the vast sloping wall, borrowed from Roman building, and already characteristic of Tuscan villas such as Poggio a Caiano, enhances the - [...]
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Il Battistero

Il Battistero

Siena - SI
The historic dwelling Il Battistero Siena is a historical house located into a notified palace in the heart of Siena, in the Baptistery Square (Piazza San Giovanni following the place names of the city). This square has been chosen as a filming set of many famous movies, the last of which Letters to Juliet. It’s in this very same square, that we - [...]
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Castle of Fonterutoli

Castle of Fonterutoli

Castellina in Chianti - SI
Historic home of the Mazzei family since 1435 as many as 24 generations, the village of Fonterutoli today keeps intact its medieval origins appearance. Its origins are ancient, attested by an Etruscan necropolis near the village and a Roman road that passes through it, the famous Via Romea. A small number of stone buildings, the church of San Miniato in the - [...]
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Isola Madre

Isola Madre

Stresa - VB
Isola Madre is the biggest of the Verbano islands. It raises from the water with an enticing silhouette traced in the luxurious vegetation that covers the greatest part of it, as long as the squared palazzo in the southern part, which is also the highest. Isola Madre overlooks the Pallanza shores and, compared to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, looks secluded - [...]
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Villa Aureli

Villa Aureli

Castel del Piano - PG
Villa Aureli is a country house located near Perugia, at the southern end of the Village of Castel del Piano. At the entrance of the Villa, beyond the “rotonda” ending with a wall and a wooden gate, a large yard is adorned by four original yews in cubic shape, the well and the portico with two colourful benches in Vietri ceramic. The layout - [...]
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Castle of Brolio

Castle of Brolio

Gaiole in Chianti - SI
Built in the 11th century, Castello di Brolio was restructured by Bettino Ricasoli whom, in the second half of the 19th century, strove to make the Castle one of the best examples of the Sienese neo-Gothic style. There, Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880) who was the protagonist of the Risorgimento aside Cavour and he twice held the - [...]
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Isola Bella

Isola Bella

Stresa - VB
Isola Bella is a place of splendor thanks to the recurrent blooming and the priceless architectural treasures that blends into a wonderful microcosm. Since when it was transformed from barren rock to a blooming garden, the island appears as a galleon floating on the blue waters of the Lago Maggiore as his founder, Vitaliano VI Borromeo, meant for her. - [...]
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Pietra Porzia Estate

Pietra Porzia Estate

Frascati - RM
The house is part of the Tenuta di Pietra Porzia, 47 hectares in one body in vines and olive trees in the area of ​​Frascati. The company is a large amphitheater located in what once was Lake Regillo, has for centuries been owned by Marco Porzio Catone (hence its name) and the Colonna and Borghese (feudal lords of the area) to be finally sold in 1714 - [...]
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Palazzo Lanza Tomasi

Palazzo Lanza Tomasi

Palermo - PA
Palazzo Lanza Tomasi is located in the historic centre of Palermo, in the heart of the Kalsa quarter, the Arab Halisa, the elected citadel of the Emirs. The palazzo, built at the end of the 17th century atop the Mura delle Cattive, the Spanish city walls, overlooks Palermo’s stunning seafront with the twelve windows of its façade and the lush terrace, a - [...]