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Italian Island Retreat Offers a Restored Napoleonic Fort

On the market for an unspecified price and located just 20 minutes from Venice, Italy, this private island offers its own lagoon, 1.5 acres of land, lushly manicured gardens, and even a bit of combat history thrown into the mix. According to the brokerbabble, the property once served as a Napoleonic Fort—somewhat similar to other private islands on the market—before officially becoming a part of Italy in 1866. While there's no exact date specified, some years after that a few private buyers swooped in and bought the place—effectively restoring the 1,829-square-foot, four-bedroom fortress and the nearby caretaker's apartment with great care. The brick home is rustic but remarkably well-preserved, and offers panoramic views, a grand, outdoor patio space, and boat mooring facilities. The unlisted ask probably means it isn't exactly a bargain, but history buffs, do take a look:

· Delightful Island Retreat [Sotheby's]
· For sale: 10 idyllic islands to escape to this winter [Telegraph]