An apartment where Leonardo da Vinci lived is for sale in Italy. What is the price?
An apartment where Leonardo da Vinci lived is in Bologna. It is now owned by former soccer player Giuseppe Signori.
Leonardo da Vinci moved into the building and apartment in 1515, while the residence itself stands on the foundations of a 1300s building designed by architect Aristotele Fioravanti. The palazzo is located in the medieval center of Bologna.
The building has recently been restored, but the historic features have been deliberately preserved. The coffered ceilings, 17th-century wood paneling, and monumental fireplaces are immediately striking.
The apartment has three levels and covers 620 square meters. The first floor of the mansion has a living room, a large dining room, a kitchen, four rooms (partly attic), three bathrooms, a pantry, and a technical room.
On the second floor is a large attic room with a large bathroom. It overlooks historic monuments and ancient churches.
The interior is «studded» with frescoes of the late Leonardo school; a grand marble staircase (hung with works by Renaissance artist Angelo Michele Colonna) is installed in the corridor; monumental stone fireplaces are installed in the halls.
By the way, this was Leonardo’s last apartment on Italian land; then he moved to France, where he died at age 67.
The residence is being sold for €3.2 million.
Photo: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty
BONUS: An old mansion in Italy from the catalog of REALTING
Fans of Italy and Italian art are sure to love this mansion. And here’s why.
First of all, it is located in the historical center of Verona, and its original structure dates back to the fifteenth century. Now it is a brilliant example of Italian art from the 18th century.
Secondly, this palace is a true masterpiece of Verona Rococo, which is characterized by an abundance of frescos, statues, and paintings. The halls are filled with beautiful and rare works by artists such as Pietro Antonio Serpini.
Before entering the building, you’ll see a large door with 18th-century carved stone (decorations in the form of flowers and fanciful animals are included). The interior courtyard of the mansion leads to a staircase decorated with sculptures with mythological subjects by Veronese artists from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The advertisement mentions that the seller is not selling the entire mansion but one of its floors, which occupies more than 500 square meters and consists of five bedrooms. This floor is paved with original 18th-century Venetian tiles, and its decorations include frescoes, moldings, and still lifes.