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Buy a Glorious 1,000-Year-Old Castle in the Tuscan Hillside

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Built in the year 964 as a military garrison and spruced up in the 16th century with some stucco, this castle sits just seven miles from Florence in the verdant Tuscan hillside. (Excuse the flowery language—but doesn't a property like this call out for it?) Over the centuries, various noble Italian families lived here and left their mark, which accounts for the combo-platter of architectural styles that remains today. Inside, well-preserved frescoes adorn ceilings in a series of ground-floor "state rooms"—according to the brokerbabble, these spaces are fully updated with modern electrical fittings; outside, there's a central courtyard, a stone tower, gardens, and a frescoed chapel. Missing: information on bedroom count (although there's mention of the first floor needing an update), but something suggests that rooms in a 15,000-square-foot Italian castle can be used any which way, and how. The property is represented by Alyesford, a brokerage whose central-Roman palazzo was featured in yesterday's New York Times. Sounds pretty exciting, of course, but if life in the quiet Florentine countryside is more your speed, this place here can be had for roughly $13.3M. And hey, if that price tag is a wee bit too high, there's always that entire Tuscan village asking $4.25M.

· Exclusive Instruction, Florentine Castle, Tuscany [Aylesford]
· Palazzo For Sale in Central Rome [NYT]
· Splurge on a Village for Adventures Under the Tuscan Sun [Curbed National]