Looking to expand your property portfolio with a lavish European home away from home? With its verdant landscapes, breath-taking coastlines and all-round Italian charm, there are few better places to search for a luxury holiday home than Italy.
Luxury properties in Italy are certainly not few and far between, and whether you’re looking to generate some income from a year-round rental property or purchase an opulent place to get away from it all yourself, you’re certain to find something that meets the criteria – but locating it in the first place can prove something of a challenge if you don’t know where to look.
Enter, Prestige Properties Italy – a unique consultancy concept which specialises in the sale and management of Italian luxury real estate and is headed up by Cameron Avery, who leads an expert team who are ready and waiting to take care of everything so you don’t have to. From handling maintenance to managing the bank accounts, the agency has fast made a name for itself in high-net circles for generating some significant returns to property owners.
There has long been a demand for holiday homes in Italy; in fact, it is one of the most highly sought-after destinations in Europe thanks to its rich history, beautiful architecture, picturesque landscapes and all-round cultural charm. It also happens to be one of the priciest destinations for tourists, attracting the rich and famous as a result.
In spite of this, there has also historically been a lack of international quality property management services available in Italy, so when Cameron – who was working at one of the country’s top brokerages at the time – spotted an opportunity, he decided to take the plunge.
Launching a bespoke service that provides property owners with end-to-end bookings, it has since brought a breath-taking portfolio of opulent Italian properties onto the holiday homes market, quickly making a name for itself and building an enviable reputation in the process as the nation’s premier full-service luxury property consultancy.
Located in the heart of the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Florence, in the years that have followed its launch in 2017 – which saw Cameron teaming up with business partner Alessandro Ravaioli to combine their 30 years of expertise – it has become the first port of call for international clients who are in search of a white-glove service to assist with end-to-end property acquisition, as well as for foreign buyers keen to invest their fortunes into some of Italy’s most historic and beautiful properties.
A historic castle and estate near Milan
When it comes to the most grand and dramatic properties Italy has to offer, it doesn’t get much better than this. The perfect purchase for those eager to feel like royalty in their own homes, this 16th century property and estate bears great historical and cultural significance, and is conveniently located just a short drive from Milan.
Its U-shaped formation comprises a vast central structure set in a sprawling courtyard, which is flanked by two towers offering panoramic views as far as the eye can see.
Meticulously restored and maintained over the years, this entirely unique property still retains all of its original charm, from its ornate, frescoed ceilings to its elegant staircases, and everything in between.
Set in over 200 hectares of land and with a floorspace of around 6,500 square metres, the estate also comprises a number of out-buildings, and is set high upon a hill amongst private parkland and spectacular landscaped gardens.
An immaculately restored Tuscan farmhouse
An elegant villa nestled within a picturesque and quintessentially Tuscan landscape comprising lush rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, there’s no denying that this one is one of Prestige Properties Italy’s most coveted listings.
Just a stone’s throw from the walled town of San Gimignano, as well as Florence, Siena and Pisa, this charming property, set amongst the hills of Chianti, has recently been renovated to bring it up to date, and from just one glance at its chic, contemporary interiors and grand front terrace, its stylish appeal is clear.
Featuring five double bedrooms, this light and spacious villa flows intuitively from one space to the next, and with a sprawling double lounge, two dining areas and an enormous gourmet kitchen, it’s a beautiful property that is perfect for families.
A majestic Chianti castle, complete with its own vineyard
A famous destination for wine enthusiasts who are looking to get lost in the area’s numerous vineyards and have the opportunity to sample some of the best Italian wines, the sprawling hills of Chianti offer a magical backdrop for this historic property.
Steeped in almost 1,000 years of history and set in a generous estate of around 120 hectares – fifteen of which are made of vineyards which produce more than 75,000 bottles of Chianti Classico each year – a look around this breath-taking medieval 11th century castle is much like stepping into a time machine. Included in the sale price are 11 suites and eight apartments, a restaurant which seats up to 44 people, an outdoor setting that is perfect for weddings and events with up to 220 guests, and a private chapel.
Located just a short stroll from the picturesque mountain village of Pigra, Villa Peduzzi, which dates back to 1909, is a quaint and quintessentially Italian liberty-style property located 881 metres above the nearby lake, and makes for the perfect base for those looking to hike and explore the pretty local area.
Boasting spectacular panoramic views over the water, flanked by verdant mountains, it features a grand terrace, opulent pool house and a yoga and wellness room that has been meticulously carved out of the cliff face, as well as a rooftop bar and entertainment area.
Expertly restored to the highest of standards, it comprises nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and various social spaces and is set in 4.5 acres of sprawling alpine gardens, with a cable car which will take you down to the nearby lakeside village of Argegno. A breath-taking property you’ll want to make your own.
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