Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia, ItalySezzadio, Alessandria, Italy
Sold at auction
Dating back from the 11th century, this unique property is a former Benedictine convent, fully restores to preserve its charm and original beauty. The complex is composed of a picturesque 3,100-square-meter main villa and 1,110 square meters of cellars plus another 11,000 square meters of rural buildings, which provides unlimited possibilities as either residential or touristic complex.
The heart of the property is this magnificent abbey, a gem that is considered as national monument. Contains exclusive and unique features such as mosaic floors dating back to the 9th-10th century and frescoes from the 1300s and 1400s. At the outside, a tree-lined drive us to the magnificent 9-hectares private gardens. Discover the truly rural Italian way of life while immerse yourself into the Italian history.
Located in the Piedmont region of Italy, this area is known for its elegant cuisine and Barolo wine. True to its name, Piedmont lies at the foot of the Italian Alps, and it is a land of mountains, open valleys and charming hilltop towns and villages. The Alps of Piedmont and Aosta are under 2 hours away with some of the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Europe. Spend winters at any of the nearby ski resorts, including the high altitude world class ski areas of the Via Lattea Milky Way and Breuil-Cervinia. Summers can be spent exploring the many festivals held in this magical region - truffle, mushroom and wine, just to name a few. As Italy's second-largest region, it contains more hills and lakes per square mile than Tuscany. Hilltop castles, extraordinary restaurants and valleys full of vines can be found around every corner in this pastoral paradise. Wines produced on Piedmontese wine estates are some of the world’s finest – on a single day trip you could be tasting the wines of Barbaresco, Barolo, Gavi and Barbara di Montferrato. Also in the Piedmont region is a town called Alba, which is home to the precious white truffle - one of the most sought after food items in the world. Enjoy a wonderful, authentic Italian meal at one of the many eateries throughout the city or take in the active nightlife. For luxury and relaxation, the Ligurian coast is just 45 minutes away from the property with the beautiful towns of Rapallo, Camogli and the world renowned harbor of Portofino where you can enjoy the picturesque architecture, opulent yachts, fine dining, and a swim in the crystal blue water. Alessandria, the closest town to the property, is a charming historic town where one can wander the narrows streets exploring the boutique shops and enjoying a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants. For those lovers of Italian fashion and furniture design in just 1 hour 15 minutes one can be browsing the designer stores on Milan’s Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone. And closer to the property one can splash out at the Serravalle Outlet shopping center, Italy’s largest designer outlet center. For those days when one doesn’t want to venture far, a short stroll into the village of Sezzadio for a frothy cappuccino in one of the cafes or a delicious dish of pasta at the family-run trattoria is a fantastic way to immerse oneself in Italy’s traditional way of life. With Milan Linate airport just 1 hour 15 mins from the property and Milan Malpensa 1 hour 40 mins the area is well served by daily international flights from all over the world.
● Region: Piedmont
● Province: Alessandria
● Area: Monferrato
● Type: historic villa - abbey
● Internal surface: 14,100 m2
● Villa and the residential annexes | Multiple reception rooms; Library; Dining rooms with historic fireplaces; Terraces; Balconies.
● Main villa includes a large professional kitchen, 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms
● Five ancillary apartments, each with its own kitchen facilities, overlooking either the parkland, the abbey or the cloisters
● Around the villa are a number of 19th century farm buildings, arranged around two large courtyards
● External surface: 9 hectares
● Rural buildings: 11,000 m2
● Fenced park: 9 hectares
● Swimming pool
● Clay tennis court
● Romanesque basilica
● Alessandria 20 km - Turin 105 km - Asti 54 km - Genoa 74 km - Milan 111 km