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19th century villa for sale in Monferrato

- 11 km from Alessandria | Ref. code

Period villa requiring restoration, in a panoramic location with 9 hectares of private land

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Brief description

Period villa requiring restoration for sale in Monferrato, in a hilly location with Italianate garden and two panoramic outposts, surrounded by 9 hectares of private land with three annexes.

Geographic position

Situated around 1 km away from a little village in the hills of Monferrato, Villa Arianna is a historic residence requiring restoration, with main villa, outbuilding, agricultural annex, Italianate garden and 9 hectares of private land,

The location is hilly and panoramic, with an attractive view of the vineyards and of San Salvatore Monferrato, referred to as the ‘gateway to Monferrato’ in a beautiful area, to enjoy by car, on foot or by bicycle, in contact with nature and while tasting excellent delicacies of food and wine.

Villa Arianna is halfway between Acqui Terme (45 km) and Alba (68 km) and can be easily reached in around an hour’s drive from Turin (94 km) Genoa (96 km) and Milan (100 km).

The nearest airport is Genoa, around an hour away by car (88 km) while Milan’s airports (Linate at 113 km  and Malpensa at 120 km) are less than an hour and a half away.

Description of buildings

Villa Arianna was built between 1850 and 1860 and has a total surface area of around 1,100 sq.m, over four floors above ground and with a cellar on the basement floor.

Around the villa there is a large Italianate garden, accessible via the main gate along a tree-lined lane of around 200 metres.

Not far from the main villa there is another building with part for living (Il Rustico), with a total surface area of around 400 sq.m and two agricultural annexes, with partially closed awnings, used for machine and equipment storage.

All of the buildings require restoration.


The Main Villa

The main villa’s indoor areas are currently divided as follows:

On the ground floor there is the entrance, a large living room, three bedrooms the kitchen, the bathrooms and the changing room;

On the first floor there are five bedrooms, the bathrooms, the porch and a large terrace measuring around 50 sq.m;

On the second floor there is a large hallway, three bedrooms, a kitchenette, the bathrooms and two large terraces (measuring around 50 and 90 sq.m) on opposite sides of the villa.

On the attic floor there are spaces with ceilings

On the basement floor there are the cellars, an infernot (a typical underground cellar carved into the rock), and a technical area.

It would of course be possible during the restoration to change the layout of the internal areas to a more functional one according to specific requirements.


Il Rustico

With the architectural structure of a typical Piedmontese farmstead, it has a covered surface area of around 400 sq.m and has two floors: on the ground floor there is a large garage area, a storeroom, a bedroom, the kitchen and a large porticoed area; on the first floor there are five bedrooms, a bathroom, a storeroom, a store cupboard and a large portico.


The two agricultural annexes

These two buildings are used to store agricultural machinery and equipment, with both open and closed awnings. 

State and finishing

Both the main villa and the other buildings require restoration, even though they are in a reasonable state overall.

The villa, built between 1850 and 1860, faces southeast and has a luxurious architectural layout: two attractive, symmetrical round entrances (with columns) on the lower side, the facades with their many windows and stucco cornices and painted geometric and floral panels, the large terraces on the first and second floors crossed by balustrades supported by stone balusters and the cornice supported by decorative, spiralling cornels.

The facades, which are rather washed-out, still have their original lime plaster and on the parts which have been most protected you can still see their original colours.

In some of the internal areas there are still the original cementine tiles; the wooden doors, windows and shutters, the fine grilles protecting the openings on the ground floor, and some vaults painted with geometric and floral patterns.

The large sitting room on the ground floor features a historic fireplace with a painted heraldic crest and the whole of the pavilion vault is painted with symmetric-floral motifs and country scenes on its four corners. .


The two viewing outposts are finely-made, one of which is beautifully decorated, with figurative and floral reliefs on the outside and geometric and floral murals on the inside. 

External areas

Villa Arianna, which is accessed via a large tree-lined lane of around 200 metres, is surrounded by an Italianate garden, partly integrated with the total 9 hectares of land included in the sale. 

Use and potential uses

Thanks to its location which is hilly, panoramic and easily accessible from Northern Italy’s various large cities, Villa Arianna is open to various uses: as an impressive private residence, as luxury tourist accommodation or as a shared residence, B&B etc. 

Distances and location


*The location of the property on the map is approximate