A pair of palatial properties have hit the market in the heart of Rome, being sold by the family behind the famed Gucci brand.“It is a special property for three reasons,” listing agent Chiara Gennarelli of Forbes Global Properties says. “It’s really close to the centre of Rome .. it has an enormous amount of outdoor space (a rarity for such a prime location) and panoramic views it offers of the city. ”The homes are set on multiple acres of parkland.“From the rooftop, you can see all of Rome, even the altar of the homeland,” she said referring to the famed Victor Emmanuel II National Monument near the Colosseum. The abode was built by family patriarch Aldo Gucci in the late 1940s after he left Florence for Rome. The compound currently has a $24.95m asking price. Completed in 1951, the estate was inspired by a mixture of English and Tuscan style, according to the listing.
Initially Aldo shared the house with his children and their spouses. As the Gucci family grew, though, the children moved elsewhere, but the address remained a central gathering place known as the “Family House” and hosted many a holiday gathering. Then, in the 1960s, Aldo built one of his sons a villa — the second of the properties included in the sale. The main villa is well maintained with excellent finishes. There is a convenient elevator connecting all floors.“The two villas have both belonged to the Gucci family for many, many years; now the heirs have decided to find a buyer who can breathe new life into the property, enhancing its value,” the listing explains. The second villa is notably in “need of renovation.” Highlights of the Gucci villas, in addition to their famous longtime owners, include the fact that they are gated, surrounded by lots of parkland and also have a swimming pool. The second villa of about 900 square meters, which needs renovation, is on three levels and has independent access surrounded by a park of about 3000 square meters including a greenhouse for plants and two outbuildings.