A luxury villa in Sicily
This villa has welcomed members of the British royal family, has been the home to an Italian count and played an important role in the film, ‘The Godfather’. Now it can be yours.
Built around 1860, this villa boasts a wonderful, scenic location overlooking the Bay of Naxos.
Situated only 500 metres from the historic centre of Taormina, the charming villa, on three floors, offers lovely sea views and more than 1,000m² of living space.
There are several reception rooms, including the day room with access to the nearby park, living room, dining room, lounge and a large balcony with beautiful views of the sea. The top floor houses the servants’ area and a kitchen overlooking the inner courtyard.
The appropriately grand scale period furnishings blend perfectly with the18th-century inserts, such as fireplaces, seats and niches.
The surrounding park and gardens cover an area of 40,000m² (10 acres), extending along the sea. The garden offers dense vegetation, including palm and coco trees, and many local species of shrubs, almond trees, olive trees, oleanders, prickly pear and cactus.
The garden contains many historical and artistic testaments to the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations, including the largest Roman tomb in Sicily dating from the 3rd century AD and a Greek temple dedicated to the worship of the god Pan. As well, there is a Protestant chapel with Corinthian columns.
Among the guests who have visited the island are King George V and Queen Mary, Princess Margaret as well as many other royals from around the world, such as the Shah of Iran and Princess Soraya.
The property is being sold completely furnished.
Price upon request.