It’s a “Palazzo Pazzo”: Italian Palace Madness

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Palazzo Orsini

They sure don’t build ‘em like they used to …but as we see it at Select Italy, that’s a good thing! The sweep of the centuries, the grandeur of more elegant times that finds it way into all the little details of so many of Italy’s historic properties makes them a treasure to behold and enjoy. And apparently we’re not the only ones – The New York Times is reporting that the Palazzo Orsini, an 11,496-square-foot beauty in the heart of Rome, is now up for sale. The 18th-century palazzo is on the site of a 16th-century one, itself on the site where a medieval fortress once stood.

And things go back farther still – this is Rome, after all. According to the Times, Palazzo Orsini “stands on a small hill amid the arches of the first-century Teatro di Marcello” and the property’s cellars lie in the archaeological zone beneath those theater arches. Now, subject to Culture Ministry approval, you could turn that ancient basement into a wine cellar, or even a spa. Above ground, a 16th-century fountain gurgles in a central garden filled with orange trees.

If all this (and more) sounds sweet, that’s because it is – and it can be yours for $41.8 million. Or a far more reasonable 22,000 to 30,000 euros per month.

Now, it that kind of princely budget seems just a bit north of realistic, do not despair, because Rome is a town of many palaces made, and we’ve got quite a nice one in our portfolio: the Palazzo Ruspoli is a 16th-century palazzo that stands at one end of the legendary Via Condotti, and it contains a secret boutique hotel. The two palatial apartments of the magnificent Residenza Napoleone III. are yours to enjoy, if you know the right people! We’re slightly partial to the Roof Garden Suite, at which you can enjoy one of the most dazzling roof gardens in Rome, but both of these luxurious pied-a-terres capture the regal, refined essence of the Eternal City. Oh, and plasma TVs, Bose iPod docks and breakfast on a Bulgari silver tray? Three snaps up! Check it out now:

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