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Gay Open House: Italy for Autumn

Fall tends to bring on a sense of calmness and reflection, lending time to plan how you would like to live your life ahead. The indelible elegance of Italy could be a wise investment.

This month’s LGBTQ Real Estate features a rare historic beauty on the glamorous shores of Lake Como and the countryside of Tuscany in Italy.

Our monthly real estate feature sees us team up again with Welshman Rhodri Ellis Owen and Canadian Jameson Farn at LGBTQ Real Estate to bring you some of the finest real estate on the planet. Based in the south of France, but covering properties all over Europe, the guys at LGBTQ Real Estate pride are dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ sellers, buyers and their friends find their perfect property match.

Lake Como, Italy

The 18th-century historical villa is magically set within a private hillside with 6 en-suite bedrooms, an outdoor pool, and fabulous parkland

Located on the hillside between Lecco and Bellagio, this villa’s private swimming pool is a sight to behold and set within an incredible and rare 10 hectares.

This villa is situated amongst natural greenery, along the main hillside road between Oliveto Lario and Bellagio.

This property is pure history, from the ceilings to the floors, together with its magnificent position above the lake and guaranteed privacy.

With the 6 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, and the elegant style oozing from the living room and kitchen this is one classically beautiful and historically important Italian villa waiting for you to call home.

Yours for 4,800,000 Euro.

Montalcino, Tuscany 

Tuscany. It’s what dreams are made of. Rolling hills, fine wines, quality local produce, renaissance art and architecture, ancient hilltop village, and classic villas to melt your heart. 

This beautiful Tuscan villa is no exception, surrounded by 3.2 hectares of gardens and woodlands, and serenely located above the Via Cassia, the ancient pilgrim route from Siena to Rome. The façade of arches is in the great Tuscan villa tradition and parts date back to the 16th century. It was originally the summer residence and hunting lodge of the Crocchi, the principal family of the area. From the semi-circular front garden, there are panoramic views of the Val d’Arbia and from the pergola-covered front terrace, you look directly across the vineyards to Montalcino. To the south rises Monte Amiata and to the north, you can see as far as the bell tower of Siena. Nearby are Montepulciano, Pienza, the great Abbey of Monte Olivetto, and the beautiful abbey church of Sant’Antimo.

On the ground floor, the wine cellars have been converted into large open plan areas connected by archways accommodating the main kitchen, breakfast room, TV room, and dining room that itself opens out onto the terraces shaded by vines, wisteria, and ivy over the pergola. 

This pergola runs the length of the house and it is where inviting long tables have been laid to welcome guests for alfresco dining. There is a garden room onto the terrace and there are three double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The first floor has a large living room with double doors that leads onto the covered loggia with its triple arches. There are an additional 7 double bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a library on this floor. The swimming pool is at the rear of the villa, surrounded by terraces. A truly magnificent residence with some of the best views of the Tuscan countryside yet offering complete tranquility.

Yours for 1,900,000 Euro

What’s up in Tuscany?

The Tuscan countryside may be far from the maddening crowd, but you’re not far from the main LGBTQ+ centers in the region which include Florence, Pisa, Viareggio, Lucca, and Siena. The Tuscan coast is also famed for its beaches with La Lecciona, Sassoscritto and Rimigliano favored by gay and lesbian bathers who love to be at one with nature.

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