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
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