George Clooney is a fan of the Bel Paese, this much is known. He has made no secret of his love for Italy gallivanting around the peninsula on his motorcycle with his latest flames. From Lake Como Clooney seems to have been struck by the beauty of Lunigiana.
Perhaps Clooney’s property whims and tastes in women are perfectly parallel, as now that he has a new love in his life, Amal Alamuddin, international lawyer and intellectual Clooney has decided to plant further roots in Italy by allegedly acquiring a love nest in the little known area of Lunigiana.
Situated between Liguria and Toscana, this quiet part of the world seems miles away from Tinseltown and glamorous Lake Como, playground of the rich and famous.
According to Italian daily La Repubblica the villa measuring 1000 square metres and with 2 hectares of grounds surrounding dates back to the 16th century, having belonged to a notable family of the area and still boasting original frescos. The building at the moment is being renovated and Clooney seems to have spent a few million Euros on it, though the exact price is debated between different sources.
There’s another mystery surrounding the villa, the local paper claims that the people who live in the closest village, Pontremoli know of none such grand villa on the Via Francigena, which of course bodes well for Clooney’s and Ms Alamuddin’s privacy. The inhabitants of the area are wondering whether their home, Pontremoli is the new Laglio.
The Local reports an all together very interesting sub plot to this mystery property tale which is more stupefying than the phantom Villa. Clooney’s friend and advisor in property matters, Alessandro Proto, head of financial services firm Proto Organization claims to be the inspiration behind the main character in EL James’ novel 50 Shades of Grey, Christian Grey, and the inceptor of the actor’s recent Lunigiana investment.
Regardless of who had the idea in the first place, or where the Villa may actually be located (though we do hope it exists) we can’t but congratulate Mr Clooney on his latest property venture, as there a few places on earth worth investing in more than the unique and varied lands of the Italian Peninsula.
Image credits: La Repubblica | Source: Swide