Fresco Envy, Part Two, meaning I still haven’t gotten over the Fresco Envy Part One, but I’m trying to tone down some of my personal and unrealistic desires by looking at properties around Rome that are slightly less out of my personal price range, for example, Vicovaro Castle still has some pretty good frescos and has that sort of old world glued back together true rustic rather than palactial feel and is possibly not too far removed from reality at about $5,000,000. Sporting 30 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms, it means that not every one of your guests will get an en suite potty, but maybe they can make do.
As for historical pedigree, check this out from the listing,
It first belonged to the famous roman Orsini family and it served as a military fortress in order to prevent the troops of Charles of Anjou to transit along the Via Valeria below, creating a barrier, an impregnable stronghold.
The ancient walls and the halls hosted various popes and kings: in 1494 Pope Alexander V, King Alfonso II of Naples, the ambassadors of Florence and Venice agreed while staying at the Castle strategised a defensive plan against the invasion of Italy by Charles VIII of France and his army.
In the end of ‘600, the Bolognetti family transformed the Castle into a Palace (designed by the famous architect Sebastiano Cipriani). There is a small open theater where the family attended performances and traveling shows.
Vicovaro Castle with its 7000 square meters of living space, 3000 square meters of private park, Helipad and the possibility of creating a magnificent swimming pool, has the potential of being a wonderful private residence or a fantastic hotel.