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Party Like Voltaire and Goethe in This $16.6M Tuscan Manse

The Italian countryside might be lousy with opulent chateaus, but few can boast the same storied past and ridiculous amenities as the Villa Diodati in Lucca. On the market for $16.6M, the eight-bedroom, 12,0000-square-foot mansion dates back to the 16th century, and has been passed down through many notable Italians, including one noble family who entertained guests like Voltaire and Goethe. Through out the years, horse stables, a small vineyard, a tennis court, and a swimming pool have been added on, while such original elements as preserved pastoral frescos, marble floors, and ornate moldings remain. Take a dreamy look, below:

· Via delle Ville [Sotheby's]
· A Storied Hillside Villa in Beautiful Tuscany [Architectural Digest]