Villa Sara is one of the most beautiful houses in the world, as it was the home of the Oscar-winning actress, Sophia Loren. Villa Sara is one of the most luxurious and beautiful residences, up for sale for $16m . During 1964 LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt visited Sophia at her stunning home in Rome that she shared with her husband Carlo. Eisenstaedt captured a glimpse into Loren’s opulent and lavish movie star lifestyle.
Villa Sara is located on the Appia Antica , in the green of a park of 15 thousand square meters but only 10 minutes from the Colosseum. It is a sixteenth-century mansion with more than fifty rooms , where you can live a real life as a star with her husband Carlo Ponti, who passed away in 2007. The manor house was built on an ancient basalt quarry, which in Roman times was used to obtain the material used for road paving and which today creates a particular and suggestive difference in height in the garden. The entrance at the garden level features a Roman concrete vault and an ancient mosaic flooring with a floral motif. Images thanks to the LIFE Archives.
When Ponti and Loren married in 1957, he promised her “the most beautiful house in the world.” I think he delivered. The 16th century villa boasted 50 rooms, including a grand guest house and extensive grounds. The villa has a 20-hectare park, an art gallery and even a private cinema; next to the villa there is also a spacious 500 sq. The dwelling also has two stairways on the facade embellished with numerous ancient marbles and busts, and a fabulous swimming pool.
The villa is currently on sale for 19 million euros , currently no buyer.
All around there is a magnificent one-hectare park with tall trees and flowering shrubs, in which there is a splendid heated swimming pool, a garage and some service apartments and which can be accessed via the surrounding wall by two pedestrian entrances and two driveways. The villa has a 20-hectare park, an art gallery and even a private cinema; next to the villa there is also a spacious 500 sqm annex. The dwelling also has two stairways on the facade embellished with numerous ancient marbles and busts, and a fabulous swimming pool.