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 Cetona%20exterior The Ultimate Tuscan Retreat

An exquisite country estate set in the fashionable mediaeval hill town of Cetona, is being marketed by Sotheby’s International Realty. The house is owned by Giancarlo Giammetti, lifelong partner of internationally renowned fashion designer Valentino. Cetona has long been a favorite with the international beau monde and remains a discreet playground for the smart set. The estate, built in 1750 with 11 hectares of parkland, was completely restored around 20 years ago by Giammetti and Valentino, who commissioned two of Italy’s renowned design talents – interior designer, Renzo Mongiardino, and leading Italian landscape architect Paolo Peirone, to create a stylish and recherché retreat. Once  through  the  imposing  main  gate,  the  villa  is  a  haven  of  tranquillity. Mongiardino designed dramatic and highly decorative interiors, reflecting his roots as a set designer on films such as Zeffirelli’s such as Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew.

 Mongiardino’s signature theatrical style, rich in atmosphere and classical grandeur, runs throughout the elegant and formal reception rooms, dining rooms, library, kitchen, study and billiards room. There are 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, fitness suite with gym, sauna, classical pool with pool house, and flower rooms. In the grounds are the delightful ‘casina turca’ round dining room and ‘casina svizzera’, two inside out spaces for entertaining.  There are numerous staff and service areas, three garages and several storerooms and other outbuildings.

In the extensive gardens and grounds, landscape architect Paolo Peirone created manicured lawns, summer houses and formal areas. The beautiful parkland encompasses olive groves and orchards, an Etruscan tomb, 200 seat amphitheatre, hunting lodge and grottos with stalactites and stalagmites. The estate offers a rare opportunity for a connoisseur to buy an estate that reflects Italy’s pre-eminence in the worlds of 20th century fashion, interior and landscape architecture.” Guide price is €18 million. For further information contact: Ann-Marie Doyle, Venice Sotheby’s Realty, on amd@venicesothebysrealty.com or telephone +44 (0)20 3178 6184. Visit Venice Sotheby’s Realty

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