For sale: fortress designed by Leonardo da Vinci

A fortress-cum-luxury villa designed by Leonardo da Vinci is up for sale in Livorno, Tuscany, and is expected to attract bids upwards of $5.6m from foreign buyers

Leonardo da Vinci designed the walls of the fortress in the 16th Century.
Leonardo da Vinci designed the walls of the fortress in the 16th Century.

A fortress-cum-luxury villa designed by Leonardo da Vinci is up for sale in Livorno, Italy.

The building, which is currently on the books of Italian property firm, Lionard Luxury Real Estate, is expected to sell for between $5.6m (€5m) and $11.2m (€10m).

The walls of the fortress, which overlooks the sea, were designed by Da Vinci in the 16th Century. Lionard claims that in 1502, the famed Italian polymath slept at the property, which later – in the 19th Century – was purchased by Princess Elisa Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon.

The converted fortress is on sale alongside a selection of other historic properties, including: an Ischia hotel that lodged an injured Garibaldi following the Battle of Aspromonte; a tower home built to defend the Amalfi Coast from pirate attacks; and a Coppedè-style castle on the Ligurian Riviera.

Commenting on the properties, Lionard said: “Most of the buyers for this kind of real estate are foreigners, with only a few Italians who never exceed 10% of the market. They are people who are not only looking for luxury properties, which they could find anywhere in the world, but who are chasing a dream; a lifestyle.

“The place comes before everything else. It has to be famous, not just for its beauty and the services offered, but also for a rich history and for being a place of interest in the art world, theatre, nobility, and international business.”

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