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Elegant 18th century villa close to Florence

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Sesto Fiorentino, Florence - Ref CES6147

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A marvellous restoration project steeped in history.

10 to 35 Bedrooms • 10 Reception rooms • 5 Bathrooms • Secondary accommodation • Private Parking • Outbuildings

Land area: 43 Ha, floor area: 4120 Sq m (all measurements are approximate)

A fascinating and elegant 18th century villa requiring total restoration with enormous potential to either create a unique private residence, a boutique hotel or an alternative commercial venture, just a stone’s throw from Florence airport.


This gem is one of the few genuine villas that remain in Florence that carries such a rich history and forms part of a unique cultural and artistic legacy.

In 1735 Marchese Carlo Ginori founded the first porcelain factory in this villa, with its kilns fuelled by the wood of the forests behind the property on Monte Morello. In 1740, the monopoly on the production of porcelain in Italy fell to Austria. In 1896 Ginori merged with Richard from Milan and as a point of interest Gio Ponti became the art director from 1923 to 1930. In 1950 the factory was moved from the estate to a new site nearby and in 2013 the family business was eventually purchased by Gucci.


The main villa with its fabulous twin lemon houses perched above the villa in the rear formal gardens, a chapel, an exceptional winter garden, a baroque pool and several apartments and storerooms housed in the stables, constitute approximately 4100 sqm of property to develop.

Whilst the estate requires total restoration the wonderfully majestic, light and spacious atmosphere emanates throughout the various buildings. The villa has glorious ceilings,  some beautifully painted, original floors and many other period details and features to enjoy.


The ground floor comprises several interconnecting grand reception rooms with many of them having access to the formal gardens either side of the house or indeed the fabulous winter garden. The lower ground floor houses the original kitchen and many service rooms usually found in such a grand house. The upper floors and annexes once restored could provide between 20 and 35 bedrooms subject to the necessary planning permissions. All four levels of the villa are cleverly connected and serviced by an impressive staircase and an intricate web of many service corridors and staircases.


The location is optimal for those wishing to consider creating a commercial enterprise with Florence airport a short distance away and the city centre a short drive away.


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