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44 Best Italian Castles, Villas and Palaces (Photos)

Millions of people flock to these stunning villas, castles and palaces in Italy every year. You will be amazed at this architecture, whether a city palace in Venice or a country villa or an ocean cliffside palace, these homes and structures are marvelous.
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We’d be remiss to not include Italian castles in our massive castle series.  While there are many castles in Italy, the real gems are the villas.  We include the big three: castles, palaces and villas.  I like the villas.  Villas date back to Roman times where the wealthy patricians owned vast estates with massive homes they called villas.  While not many dating that far back remain, there are many, many luxurious villas throughout Italy that are a few hundred years old.

You can’t really go anywhere in Italy without stumbling into extraordinary architecture with historical significance.  That’s one of the reasons to visit (at least for me).  Whether in an Italian city or in the country, the historic structures are truly outstanding.

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Aragonese Castle

Aragonese Castle

Aragonese Castle or Castello Aragonese is located at Ischia Porto, Italy and is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia. It was built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC along with two towers to control enemy fleets’ movements. Today, the castle is open to public all year round owned and maintained by the Mattera family.

About the Aragonese Castle

  • Where: Ischia Porto, Italy
  • When: 474 BC
  • Who built it: Hiero I of Syracuse
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Currently open to public
  • Current owner: Mattera family
Tesoriera villa

Tesoriera villa

The Villa La Tesoriera located in Turin, Italy is a Baroque style villa built for the councilor of state and general treasurer of the Savoy State, Aymo Ferrero di Cocconato. The construction started in 1713 and was finished in 1715. The villa went through many hands before ending up to the City of Turin in 1971.

About the Tesoriera villa

  • Where: Turin, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Aymo Ferrero di Cocconato
  • Style: Baroque style
  • What is it now? Currently open to public
  • Current owner: Government of Turin, Italy
Boccale Castle

Boccale Castle


Castello del Boccale is a large manor that rises up in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. It was originally built to serve as a lookout tower constructed in the 16th century by the Medici family. The castle changed owners multiple times and was transformed into a neo-medieval style by Marchioness Eleonora Ugolini. Today, the castle was just restored and divided into residential apartments by Livorno architect Ivano Falchini after it was abandoned for a long period of time.

About the Boccale Castle

  • Where: Livorno, Tuscany, Italy
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Medici family / Marchioness Eleonora Ugolini / Ivano Falchini
  • Style: Medieval style / Neo-medieval style
  • What is it now? Residential apartments / Open to the public (Outdoor Areas Only)
  • Current owner: Private owner
Bologna castle

Bologna castle

Bologna Castle is located in the mountan chain of the Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia Romagn, only 45 km away from Bologna. It was built by the Count Cesare Mattei during the early 19th century, mixing Medieval Gothic with the Moorish style architecture. It was restored in 2005 by the Foundation Carisbo and is now open to public.

About the Bologna castle

  • Where: Bologna, Italy
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Count Cesare Mattei
  • Style: Medieval Gothic style / Moorish style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Foundation Carisbo
Castel Nuovo (New Castle), also called Maschio Angioino

Castel Nuovo (New Castle), also called Maschio Angioino

Castel Nuovo, commonly known as Maschio Angioino is located in front of Piazza Municipio and the city hall (Palazzo San Giacomo) in central Naples, Italy. It was built by Pierre de Chaulnes and Pierre d’Angincourt on behalf of Charles I of Anjou in the 13th century and changed ownership multiple times. It was restored in the mid 20th century and is now the venue of cultural events and also houses the Municipal Museum.

About the Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

  • Where: Palermo, Naples, Italy
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Pierre de Chaulnes and Pierre d’Angincourt for Charles I of Anjou
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Venue of cultural events / Municipal Museum
  • Current owner: Comune di Napoli / Naples Comune
Castello del Buonconsiglio

Castello del Buonconsiglio

Castello del Buonconsiglio originated from a fortified building that was built in the 13th century in Trento, northern Italy. The original castle served as the seat of the Bishopric of Trent and modified and extended the castle. It remained the seat of the Prince-Bishops until 1803 then returned to the Italian government to serve as a National Museum. It was then restored and became the house of the Provincial Gallery of Art.

About the Castello del Buonconsiglio

  • Where: Trento, Italy
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Prince-Bishops of Trent
  • Style: Renaissance architecture
  • What is it now? House of the Provincial Gallery of Art
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Castello del Valentino

Castello del Valentino


Located in Turin, Italy, Castello del Valentino is a historic building that was first mentioned in the 13th century and was purchased by Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy in 1564. It was developed and renovated multiple times and now serves as the central building of the Architecture faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

About the Castello del Valentino

  • Where: Turin, Italy
  • When: 13th century / Bought in 16th century
  • Who built it: Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy
  • Style: Renaissance architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Central building of the Architecture faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin
  • Current owner: University of Turin
Castello Estense

Castello Estense

Built in the 14th century, The Castello Estense is a moated medieval castle located in the center of Ferrara, northern Italy. It was built by the orders of Marquis Niccolò II d’Este to serve as a defensive fortress against the revolution of Ferrarese people. Later on, the castle was modified and restored, as well as reconstructed during the World War 2 when it was severely damaged by allied aerial bombings. Today, the castle is owned by the Province of Ferrara as the symbol of the city and is one of the most popular tourist site in Italy.

About the Castello Estense

  • Where: Ferrara, Italy
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Marquis Niccolò II d’Este
  • Style: Renaissance architecture
  • What is it now? Symbol of the city / Popular tourist site
  • Current owner: Province of Ferrara
castle of Barolo

Castle of Barolo

The Castle of Barolo has a centuries-long history that started in the 10th century. When the Falletti family took over the castle, the property started to transform over the years and even reconstructed by Giacomo and Manfredo Falletti upon being severely damaged in the wars of the 16th century. The castle was then abandoned following the death of the last heir to the Falletti family, and was purchased by the Township of Barolo, which today serves as a Winery and Wine museum.

About the Castle of Barolo

  • Where: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
  • When: 10th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Falletti family
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Winery / Wine Museum
  • Current owner: Township of Barolo
castle of Crecchio

castle of Crecchio

Castello ducale di Crecchio was built by the Lombards in the eighth century. It became the property of the Normans and later on restored by the Aragona family in the 15th century. The castle then went into the possession of the family De Riseis then became the home of King Vittorio Emanuele III in 1943. The castle was rebuilt after it suffered critical damage from the allied bombs during the World War 2. Today, it is owned by the Municipality of Crecchio and houses the “Byzantine and High Medieval Museum”.

About the Castle of Crecchio

  • Where: Crecchio, Province of Chieti, Italy
  • When: 8th century
  • Who built it: Lombards
  • Style: Early medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Byzantine and High Medieval Museum
  • Current owner: Municipality of Crecchio

castle of Govone


Castello di Govone is originally built as a fortress with bastions and corner towers in the 10th century. It was reconstructed by the Counts Solaro, Lords of Govone in the 13th century and changed owners multiple times. It was purchased by Vittorio Amedeo III King of Sardinia for his sons Carlo Felice, Duca del Genevese and Giuseppe Benedetto Placido, Count of Moriana. The castle is currently listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Castello di Govone

  • Where: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Govone, Italy
  • When: 10th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Counts Solaro, Lords of Govone
  • Style: Medieval architecture / Gothic style
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: Italian Government
The Castle of Panoccia

The Castle of Panoccia

The Castle of Panoccia is a medieval castle in the small town of Panoccia, Italy.

About the The Castle of Panoccia

  • Where: Panoccia, Italy
  • When: Unknown
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Unknown
  • Current owner: Unknown
Castle of San Marino

Castle of San Marino

The Castle of San Marino is much popular as The Three Towers of San Marino. Located on the three peaks of Monte Titano in the capital, they are depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms. The first tower named Guaita is most famous and is the oldest among the three towers. It was constructed during the 11th century originally as a prison. The second tower called the Cesta is located on the highest of Monte Titano’s summits and was created in the 13th century on the remains of an older Roman fort while the third tower called the Montale is located on the smallest of Monte Titano’s summits. It was constructed in the 14th century to serve as protection against the increasing power of the Malatesta family in that region.

About the Castle of San Marino

  • Where: San MarinoItaly
  • When: 11th century (Guaita) / 13th century (Cesta) / 14th century (Montale)
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Neo-classical architecture / Neo-gothic style
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Italian Government

Chianti vineyard

You can’t visit Chianti without checking out its wines and other flavors. The history of Chianti dates back to at least 13th century and is popular today for one of the best wines in Italy.

About the Chianti vineyard

  • Where: Tuscany, Italy
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: N/A
  • What is it now? Popular vineyard
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Villa Ducale

Villa Ducale

Villa Ducale is the oldest exclusive dwelling in Stresa and is believed to be on existence as early as 1771. It was constructed on the lakeshore by the Bolongaro family from Stresa and was transferred to Rosminians afterwards. Villa Ducale hosted honoured guests such as Ruggero Bonghi, Niccolò Tommaseo and Alessandro Manzoni and became the preferred holiday place of Duchess of Genoa, Princess Elisabeth of Saxony, wife of Ferdinand Duke of Genoa and second child of King Charles Albert. Now it serves as the headquarters of the International Centre for Rosminian Studies, a museum devoted to philosophy and an important library containing authoritative biomedical texts.

About the Villa Ducale

  • Where: Stresa, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Bolongaro family
  • Style: Rococo style
  • What is it now? Headquarters of the International Centre for Rosminian Studies / Hotel and Restaurant
  • Current owner: Private owner
Doge's Palace in Venice

Doge’s Palace in Venice

The Doge’s Palace, also known as Pałaso Dogal or Palazzo Ducale is a Venetian Gothic style palace that was built in 9th century but totally demolished in the 10th century due to a fire. However it was rebuilt in the orders of Doge Sebastiano Ziani and was reconstructed multiple times, adding Renaissance style to the palace’s architecture. Today, the Doge’s Palace has been part of the Venetian museums network under the management of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

About the The Doge’s Palace

  • Where: Venice, Italy
  • When: 9th century / 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Doge Sebastiano Ziani
  • Style: Venetian Gothic style
  • What is it now? Part of the Venetian museums network
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Ducal Castle of Agliè

Ducal Castle of Agliè


The Castle of Agliè is an ancient and noble medieval fort and gardens built in the 12th century and formerly owned by the marquises of San Martino. It was developed and renovated over the years and is currently serving as a museum that is open to the public owned by the Italian Government.

About the Ducal Castle of Agliè

  • Where: Piazza del Castello, Agliè, Italy
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Marquises of San Martino
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Museum / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Gonzaga Saint George castle

Gonzaga Saint George castle

The Castle of St. George is one of the famous group of buildings in Mantua, Lombardy, northern Italy constructed in late 14th century and was completed in the early 15th century. It was built for the noble family of Gonzaga commissioned by Francesco I Gonzaga and designed by Bartolino da Novara, who is one of the most renowned military architects in his their time. Today, The Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, along with the Castle of St. George operates as a museum and is some of the areas are open to the public.

About the Gonzaga Saint George castle

  • Where: Mantua, Lombardy, northern Italy
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Francesco I Gonzaga
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Museum / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Noble family of Gonzaga / Italian Government
Miramare Castle

Miramare Castle

Miramare Castle

Miramare Castle

Castello di Miramare or Miramare Castle is located in Trieste, northeastern Italy. It was built in the 19th century by Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota of Mexico with the help of engineer Carl Junker. The castle now is a popular tourist site and is open to the public under the Sopraintendenza per i Beni Architettonici ed il Paesaggio e per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region while Maximilian’s residence was named the Historical Museum of Miramare Castle.

About the Miramare Castle

  • Where: Trieste, northeastern Italy
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Emperor Maximilian I / Empress Carlota of Mexico
  • Style: Medieval architecture / Gothic style / Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Museum / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Montalto Dora castle

Montalto Dora castle

The Montalto Dora Castle from the City of Turin, Italy was built in the 12th century belonging to the jurisdiction of Ivrea City’s Bishop. It was once belonged to Savoy and in the 17th century, it survived the war between the Duchy of Savoy and the French troops of the Marquis d’ Harcourt. The castle then became property of the Allioni of Brondello family and was restored back to its former form.

About the Montalto Dora castle

  • Where: Turin, Italy
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Bishopric of Ivrea
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Brondello family

Palace of Justice

The Palace of Justice located in Rome, Italy is the seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Judicial Public Library. It was built in the late 19th century designed by the Perugia architect Guglielmo Calderini in Renaissance and Baroque style architecture. The palace was opened to the public in 1911 in the presence of the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III.

About the Palace of Justice

  • Where: Rome, Italy
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Architect Guglielmo Calderini
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Palazzo Carignano

Palazzo Carignano


Serving as a historical building in the centre of Turin, Italy, Palazzo Carignano houses the Museum of the Risorgimento and was a private residence of the Princes of Carignano. It was built in the 17th century ordered by Prince Emmanuel Philibert, son of Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano and his French wife Marie de Bourbon. The architect was Guarino Guarini, who designed the palace in Baroque style architecture. Today, the palace is listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Palazzo Carignano

  • Where: Turin, Italy
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Prince Emmanuel Philibert / Architect Guarino Guarini
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Museum of the Risorgimento / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Rocca Maggiore

Rocca Maggiore

Rocca Maggiore is a Fortress in Assisi, Italy that dominated for more than eight hundred years. Its history dated back in the 12th century when the German diplomat and Catholic Archbishop Christian of Mainz occupied Assisi. However, the fortress was reconstructed in Medieval architecture by Innocent VI by Avignon, to strengthen the fortifications of the Papal. During the 15th century, the captain Perugia and Lord of Assisi Jacopo Piccinino started building the polygonal tower north -occidentale, which was finished by Pope Pius II. Today, the Fortress is open to the public maintained by the Assisi Government.

About the Rocca Maggiore

  • Where: Assisi, Italy
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: German diplomat and Catholic Archbishop Christian of Mainz
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Assisi, Italy
Rocca Scaligera castle

Rocca Scaligera castle

Rocca Scaligera Castle located in Sirmione, Italy is a fortress of the Scaligeri era, which is the access point to the historic center of Sirmione. It was built in the 13th century in the orders of the mayor of Verona Leonardo Della Scala, better known as Mastino Della Scala. Today, it is the one of the most complete and best-preserved castles in Italy and is open to the public.

About the Rocca Scaligera Castle

  • Where: Sirmione, Italy
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Mastino Della Scala
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Sirmione, Italy
Rocca Scaligieri

Rocca Scaligieri

Rocca Scaligera Castle located in Sirmione, Italy is a fortress of the Scaligeri era, which is the access point to the historic center of Sirmione. It was built in the 13th century in the orders of the mayor of Verona Leonardo Della Scala, better known as Mastino Della Scala. Today, it is the one of the most complete and best-preserved castles in Italy and is open to the public.

About the Rocca Scaligera Castle

  • Where: Sirmione, Italy
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Mastino Della Scala
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Sirmione, Italy
The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

The Royal Palace of Caserta is a Neo-classical royal residence in Caserta, Italy. It was built by architect Luigi Vanvitelli for Charles VII of Naples and is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. Later on, Vanvitelli add Baroque architecture to the property and is now listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Royal Palace of Caserta

  • Where: Caserta, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Charles VII of Naples / Architect Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Style: Neo-classical style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Caserta, Italy
Royal Palace of Milan

Royal Palace of Milan

The Royal Palace of Milan was a long time seat of the City of Milan Government that originated during the period of medieval communes in the Middle Ages. It was heavily renovated under the government of Francesco Sforza and later became the official residence of the Dukes of Milan. During the 18th century, the palace was reconstructed under architect Giuseppe Piermarini in a neo-classical style. Now the palace serves as home to expositions and exhibitions and as a cultural centre.

About the Royal Palace of Milan

  • Where: Milan, Italy
  • When: Middle Age / 18th century
  • Who built it: Reconstructed by architect Giuseppe Piermarini
  • Style: Neo-classical style
  • What is it now? Museum
  • Current owner: Government of Milan, Italy
Sarre castle

Sarre castle


The Sarre castle’s history dates back to the 13th century when the Count of Savoy, Amadeus IV assigned the castle to nephews of Ugo because of a rebellion made by Hugh of Bard, lord of the place. During the 18th century, the manor was bought by Jean-François Ferrod, who reconstructed the castle into becoming the museum for the presence of the House of Savoy today.

About the Sarre castle

  • Where: Lalex, Italy
  • When: 12th century / 18th century
  • Who built it: Reconstructed by Jean-François Ferrod
  • Style: Rococo style
  • What is it now? Museum
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Stupinigi Palace

Stupinigi Palace

The Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi located in Stupinigi, Italy was probably built in the 14th century by the house of Savoy. It was then sold to marquis Rolando Pallavicino in the late 15th century then acquired by Duke Emmanuel Philibert in the 16th century. The palace was reconstructed by architect Filippo Juvarra for Victor Amadeus II, King of Sardinia. The Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy for a long time, and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About the Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi

  • Where: Stupinigi, Italy
  • When: 14th century / 18th century
  • Who built it: House of Savoy / Reconstructed by Filippo Juvarra for Victor Amadeus II, King of Sardinia
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Tesoriera villa

Tesoriera villa

The Villa La Tesoriera located in Turin, Italy was built for the councilor of state and general treasurer of the State of Savoy from the mountains, Aymo Ferrero di Cocconato in the 18th century. The villa changed owners multiple times after Aymo Ferrero di Cocconato died without any heir and finally, the Society of Jesus, the last owner the villa left the property to the municipality of Turin in 1975.

About the Tesoriera villa

  • Where: Turin, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Aymo Ferrero di Cocconato
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Musical library
  • Current owner: Municipality of Turin, Italy
Villa Almerico Capra

Villa Almerico Capra

The Villa Almerico Capra, also known as Villa La Rotonda is known world-wide for being part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by architect Andrea Palladio for Paolo Almerico, a count and priest from Vicenza who lived in Rome. The villa’s last owner, Mario di Valmarana, a former professor of architecture at the University of Virginia said to preserve the beautiful architecture and open it to the public so it may be appreciated by future generations.

About the Villa Almerico Capra

  • Where: Vicenza, Italy
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Andrea Palladio
  • Style: Renaissance architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Italian Government
Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese of Rome is one of the largest urban parks in Europe built by architect Flaminio Ponzio. When the original architect died, it was finished by his assistant Giovanni Vasanzio. Its popular garden was originally a vineyard, but was turned into the known garden today by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It was acquired later on by the city of Rome from the Borghese family and was given to the public in the early 20th century.

About the Villa Borghese

  • Where: Rome, Italy
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Flaminio Ponzio / Giovanni Vasanzio
  • Style: Renaissance architecture / Mannerist style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: City of Rome, Italy
Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta on Como Lake

The Villa Carlotta located in Tremezzo, Italy was built in the late 17th century in the orders of the Marquis Giorgio II Clerici. The villa was passed onto different families such as the Sommariva family, who transformed the villa into a real museum with ancient and modern works of art, painting and sculpture that attracted illustrious visitors from all over Europe. It became property of the princess Marianna di Nassau, wife of Prince Albert of Prussia and was donated by the couple to their daughter Carlotta on the occasion of the wedding with the crown prince of Saxony Meiningen, Duke George II. After the World War 1, the Italian state owned the villa and was entrusted to the Ente Villa Carlotta, which is still responsible for the property.

About the Villa Carlotta

  • Where: Tremezzo, Italy
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Marquis Giorgio II Clerici
  • Style: Italian Neoclassical architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Ente Villa Carlotta / Italian state government
Villa Cordellina

Villa Cordellina

Located in Montecchio Maggiore, Italy, the Villa Cordellina was constructed in the 18th century by the Venetian jurisconsult Carlo Cordellina Molin originally as Palazzo Cordellina. The Cordellina family’s hold to the villa lasted until the early years of the 19th century and then it was passed to Count Gaetano Marzotto and in 1954 to Vittorio Lombardi who sold the ownership of the complex to the Province of Vicenza, the current property owner.

About the Villa Cordellina

  • Where: Montecchio Maggiore, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Venetian jurisconsult Carlo Cordellina Molin
  • Style: Palladian architecture
  • What is it now? Representative office
  • Current owner: Province of Vicenza, Italy
The Villa Del Balbianello

The Villa Del Balbianello

The Villa del Balbianello in the comune of Lenno, Italy overlooking the Lake Como was originally built as a monastery in the 13th century and was transformed into a villa in the 18th century. It was reconstructed by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini upon purchasing the property and in the end of the 18th century, the cardinal passed away and the property was inherited by Count Luigi Porro Lambertenghi. The villa became the seat of republican activity and later on, it was sold to Giuseppe Arconati Visconti, grandfather of Luchino Visconti. After the World War 1, Butler Ames purchased the property from Visconti and upon renovating it, the villa was sold to Count Guido Monzino and when he died in 1988, he left the villa to the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano, the National Trust of Italy. Today, it is open to the public.

About the Villa Del Balbianello

  • Where: Lenno, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini
  • Style: Classical architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist Site
  • Current owner: Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano
Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta

Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta

Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta was commissioned by the brothers Nicolo and Luigi Foscari, members of a patrician Venetian family. It was built in the 16th century designed by Andrea Palladio after his return from his last trip in Rome. It was used for official receptions, such as that given for Henry III of France in 1574 and today, it is open to the public and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta

  • Where: Venice, Italy
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Nicolo and Luigi Foscari
  • Style: Palladian architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: City of Vicenza, Italy
Villa Giulia

Villa Giulia

The Villa Giulia is a villa in Rome, Italy built in the 16th century by Pope Julius III. It features both renaissance and mannerist style architecture. Today, it is open to the public and houses the Museo Nazionale Etrusco, a collection of Etruscan art and artifacts.

About the Villa Giulia

  • Where: Rome, Italy
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Pope Julius III
  • Style: Renaissance style / Mannerist style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Museum
  • Current owner: City of Rome, Italy
Villa Medicea

Villa Medicea

The Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo is located in north of Florence, central Italy and was one of the oldest and most favoured of the Medici family estates. It was built in the 15th century following the designs of the eminent Renaissance architect Michelozzo. Although much of the Medici family villas are in Renaissance style, the Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo’s architecture was a deliberate retrospective quattrocento – a style and period which combined both the Gothic and classical styles. The villa has a long history with the Medici family but it was then acquired by the Italian Government, who later sold the property to Prince Marcantonio Borghese. The villa is now privately owned by a company called Società Cafaggiolo srl.

About the Villa Medicea / Villa Medici at Cafaggiolo

  • Where: Florence, Italy
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Medici family / Designed by architect Michelozzo
  • Style: Quattrocento – combination of gothic and classical styles
  • What is it now? Wedding venue
  • Current owner: Società Cafaggiolo srl
Villa Melzi

Villa Melzi

The Villa Melzi is a Neoclassical palace built in the 19th century by the famous architect Giocondo Albertolli for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi. The property was later on sold to the aristocratic Gallarati Scotti family and today, it is famous for its surrounding gardens while operating as a hotel, who have accomodated numbers of hollywood stars including George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

About the Villa Melzi

  • Where: Bellagio, Italy
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Architect Giocondo Albertolli for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi
  • Style: Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? Chapel, museum and park
  • Current owner: Count Gallarati Scotti
Villa Melzi in Bellagio

Villa Melzi in Bellagio

Designed by Architect Giocondo Albertonelli for Francesco Melzi d’Eril in the 19th century, Villa Melzi in Bellagio is a neoclassical architecture with a picturesque botanical garden with statues, lakeside paths & a villa on the grounds. The park was commissioned to Luigi Canonica and is partially open to the public owned by Count Gallarati Scotti.

About the Villa Melzi in Bellagio

  • Where: Bellagio, Italy
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Architect Giocondo Albertolli for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi
  • Style: Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? Chapel, museum and park
  • Current owner: Count Gallarati Scotti
Ancient villa near Pistoia

Ancient villa near Pistoia

This luxurious villa is a typical country home from the late 1700s located near the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. It has a beautiful garden surrounded by stunning mature trees.

About the Ancient villa near Pistoia

  • Where: Pistoia, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Unknown
  • What is it now? Unknown
  • Current owner: Unknown
Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo

The Villa Olmo located in Como, Italy is a neoclassical style designed by Swiss architect Simone Cantoni in the late 18th century. It was built for marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi as a summer retreat for the aristocracy. Today, the villa is open to the public after it was purchased by the City of Como in 1924.

About the Villa Olmo

  • Where: Como, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: architect Simone Cantoni for marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi
  • Style: Neoclassical
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: City of Como, Italy
Villa Reale

Villa Reale of Monza

The Royal Villa or Villa Reale is a historical building in Monza, northern Italy built in the 18th century by Giuseppe Piermarini for the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. It was built when Lombardy was still part of the Austrian Empire but when the new Kingdom of Italy was established, it was then became a palace of the Italian Royal House of Savoy. It is now open to the public under the Italian government after the royal family abandoned the property.

About the Villa Reale of Monza

  • Where: Monza, Italy
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Giuseppe Piermarini for the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
  • Style: Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: City of Monza, Italy
Villa Rinaldi Barbini

Villa Barbini-Rinaldi

The Villa Barbini-Rinaldi is a Baroque style Venetian villa located in the Asolo, Italy. It bears the name of Francesco Rinaldi, who built the property and has a small private church inside. During the World War 2, the Nazis killed some partisans of the Italian Resistance near the villa. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction in Asolo.

About the Villa Barbini-Rinaldi

  • Where: Monza, Italy
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Francesco Rinaldi
  • Style: Baroque style
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Asolo, Italy
Villa Valmarana

Villa Valmarana

The Venetian villa “Ai Nani” Villa Valmarana located in the city of Vicenza was built in the 17th century in the orders of Giovanni Maria Bertolo. It was then sold to the Valmarana family in the 18th century and had the property restored and improved. Currently the villa is still owned by the Valmarana family and is open to the public six days a week.

About the Villa Valmarana “Ai Nani”

  • Where: Vicenza, Italy
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Giovanni Maria Bertolo / Restored and developed by the Valmarana family
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Residence of Valmarana family / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Valmarana family

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