23 Oct Villa Castagneto where lived young Carla Bruni
Castello di Castagneto Po is a real estate of timeless charm and is recognized as one of the finest and most important villas in Europe.
Located on the slopes of the famous Turin hills, the Castle, which dates back more than a thousand years ago, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is surrounded by more than 70 acres of park immersed in the protected area of Castagneto Po, a famous nature reserve .
The property belonged to the family of Bruni-Tedeschi and therefore can boast among its illustrious residents Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France.
Characterized by a neo-Gothic style, which is due to his latest architect Ernesto Melano, Villa-Castle covers a breadth of 2,000 square feet, excluding basements and greenhouses.
The property is home to more than 40 rooms and has been redesigned and equipped with modern amenities such as elevators, kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems, inside there are still many original details and exquisite decor, or have been subject to restructuring, as for example, old woodwork, marquetry floors, ancient frescoes in the rooms, magnificent marble fireplaces and fine.
Worthy of note is the first designed in ‘500 style and decorated with finely carved marble and stone purposes. In addition, two major artists working in Piemonte, Gonin (1808-1889) and Sereno (1829-1893), dealt with the decor of some rooms.
This magnificent property is “hiding” in a park in English style, designed by Xavier Kurten which includes 70 acres of land divided into vegetable gardens, orchards, park of old trees, large terraces planted with flowers, old greenhouses, and farms .
The castle was first mentioned in a document written in the year 1019, when Otto William, son of Adalbert II, King of Italy, gave half the town of Chiasso to the monks of the abbey of Fruttuaria.
In 1620 Vittorio Emanuele I, Duke of Savoy, gave it to Count Giovanni Antonio Trabucco, a powerful general of finance.
Between 1500 and 1700, Castagneto suffered a series of invasions by the armies of France and was the subject of contention in many battles, since he was in a position of great strategic importance for the rulers.
In the 19th century, the property belonged to the Noble family Ceriana, which brought considerable embellishments to the building.
In the February 2009 Christie’s Great Estate has sold Villa ($12 million) to Saudi businessman billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.