For Sale: One of the Greatest Homes In All Of Italy

For Sale: One of the Greatest Homes In All Of Italy

Everything about this listing seems to be a mystery apart from the fact that architecturally speaking it's beautiful. After extensive digging on the internet it turns out you really are looking at a "PALLADIAN VILLA OF HIGHEST IMPORTANCE" as the listing states. This, is Villa Cornaro, considered to be one of the greatest houses in all of Italy. Located in Piombino Dese 30km from Venice, Italy, the villa was constructed between 1553-1554. It's had a great influence on architecture all around the world including buildings such as The White House. In addition, it has used as a model for villas all over the world including Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the US. 

Original architectural drawing of Villa Cornaro by Late President Thomas Jefferson

Original architectural drawing of Villa Cornaro by Late President Thomas Jefferson

Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the US

Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the US

Villa Cornaro was designed by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1552 and is illustrated and described by him in Book Two of his 1570 masterwork, I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture). The current owners, Carl and Sally Gable of Atlanta, Georga purchased the villa in 1989 and have written a book about their journey conserving and restoring this historical treasure. The asking price is listed as "Price Upon Request" but we know it's somewhere north of $5 million USD after looking at comparable listings, how far north we don't know unfortunalty. You can read more of the history here on Wikipedia.

Drawings of Villa Cornaro based on those from I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura 

Drawings of Villa Cornaro based on those from I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura 

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For Sale: Chateau Near Paris in Need of Restoration

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