A Town of One’s Own

Buy­ing a palazzo in Italy is noth­ing—this year, you want to own an en­tire vil­lage. Na­dine Ni­col­son looks into buy­ing the me­dieval Pog­gio Santa Ce­cilia

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he sky daz­zles with mul­ti­ple hues of crim­son and gold as the sun sets over the rolling hills of Tus­cany. You take a sip of wine, grown in your own vine­yard, nib­ble olives from the grove at the end of your gar­den, and savour de­li­cious hams and cheeses made by ar­ti­sans in your vil­lage. Yes, that’s an en­tire vil­lage, owned by you. It’s not just a lovely dream— it could be re­al­ity, if you’ve got the imag­i­na­tion and the money to take ad­van­tage of this once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity.

That’s what’s on of­fer with Pog­gio Santa Ce­cilia, a beau­ti­ful me­dieval vil­lage in the heart of Tus­cany, close to Siena and about an hour from Florence. It’s an area known for its cap­ti­vat­ing coun­try­side, fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory, rich tra­di­tions, artis­tic and lit­er­ary legacy, and of course, its wine and cui­sine.

Pog­gio Santa Ce­cilia is nes­tled in the tran­quil foothills be­tween Arezzo and Siena, com­mand­ing panoramic views across its 700-hectare es­tate and the sun-drenched coun­try­side. In­cor­po­rat­ing 20 farm­houses, two lakes, olive groves, vine­yards and fruit trees on its ex­ten­sive grounds, the es­tate is steeped in his­tory. It dates back to 1198, when it in­cluded a cas­tle; in the 1500s it was part of the Grand Duchy

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