x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Tuscan villa from central casting

The Life: Villa Dei Limoni in Arezzo, Italy, has all the Tuscan promises at US$4.5 million.

Villa Dei Limoni in the town of Arezzo. Christie´s International Real Estate
Villa Dei Limoni in the town of Arezzo. Christie´s International Real Estate

Long ago, the Tuscan town of Arezzo hosted Romans. More recently, it has provided a backdrop for the Italian filmmaker Roberto Benigni.

This town of cobblestoned streets, where archaeological remains go back to the 5th century BC, was where Benigni shot his 1997 tear-jerker, Life Is Beautiful.

Now, not far from Arezzo's medieval square, the Villa Dei Limoni is up for sale. Listed at US$4.5 million (Dh16.5m) on Christie's International Real Estate website, the property exudes Tuscany down to its cotto, or traditional clay floor tiles.

Local architecture reflects the region's earthy tones and this property is no different. Villa Dei Limoni is styled after a farmhouse and made of stone. Wood-beamed ceilings line the upper floor, while the lower floor uses ancient stone.

Spread over 2.5 acres, Villa Dei Limoni is five minutes from Arezzo, according to the Christie's website. The interior of the house measures 2,043 square feet.

For your $4.5m, you would get seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms.

The first floor has an en suite bedroom and a private entrance to the lower gardens, along with a kitchen, dining room and living room with a fireplace.

The second floor has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Two of the rooms offer views of the valley and vineyards.

The property has another two-storey, 488 sq ft guesthouse with three bedrooms.

And more: a conservatory annex with a first-floor orangery, kitchen, storage rooms and a garage; and two gazebos, one with a large oven for baking bread. Ideal for when you need an escape from the rest of the house.

That not enough? OK: the property's swimming pool is surrounded by olive trees and rolling hills.