Photography: Italy Sotheby's International Realty

This fresco-filled Lazio palace dates back to the 1500s and is a vivid example of Renaissance extravagance.

The 10-bedroom Acquapendente property unfurls around a central courtyard with a covered walkway. It was constructed in 1581 by architect Ippolito Scalza, and the three-storey palazzo is brimming with period details including a spiral staircase that leads up to a top floor and tower with views across the city.

Brightly coloured tiles cover the floors of the Lazio property – listed with Italy Sotheby’s International Realty for €2.5m – which features an imposing stone lobby and staircase. Its collection of frescoes are mostly still intact, and cover the ceilings of its many rooms.

Frescoed palazzo hits the market for €2.5m in Acquapendente
Photography: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Several of the bedrooms are ensuite and have windows that open out onto the private, leafy courtyard, and tree-dotted gardens surround the palace. 

A jaw-dropping private home – or a life-changing adventure for a would-be hotelier?

Frescoed palazzo hits the market for €2.5m in Acquapendente
Photography: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty
Frescoed palazzo hits the market for €2.5m in Acquapendente
Photography: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty
Frescoed palazzo hits the market for €2.5m in Acquapendente
Photography: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty
Frescoed palazzo hits the market for €2.5m in Acquapendente
Photography: Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

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Emma is a contributing editor at The Spaces. She also writes for Grafik, Dezeen and Creative Review

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