This period property for sale in Italy 's trentino Alto Adige was built in the second half of the 17th century and is of great historical and artistic interest, as borne out by the planning limitations set by the Cultural Heritage Department.
Over the centuries, the palace has hosted guests including Napoleon Bonaparte, Empress Maria Teresa of Austria, Tsar Nicola I and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during their continental travels.
The renovations carried out at the end of the 1990s kept the original features intact, while fitting the property out with the mod cons necessary for daily life in this history-drenched corner of the world.
The property includes a wine-cellar and ice-cellar on two levels, covering a total surface area of 132 sqm.
Above the cellars, there is a basement with a barbecue area opening onto a small private courtyard; on the ground floor, which is in good state, there are a series of reception rooms (one of which has a large 18th century French fireplace), currently used to host the owners' private collection of pianos and harpsichords: the whole floor, dedicated entirely to this purpose, has multiple access points onto the courtyard and Italianate garden, thanks to the building's typical "horseshoe" shape.
The total surface area of the ground floor is of approximately 506 sqm.
On this level we also find the main pedestrian entrance, with a driveway just further on next to a small, 30 sqm building overlooking the road.
The first floor is reached by two separate stairways: a central stairway and a secondary one located in the north wing. The secondary stairs run from the living area in the large apartment currently used by the owners, composed of a farmhouse kitchen opening onto a pleasant private terrace on one side and an external covered passageway on the other, leading to a small additional bathroom on the other side and a small one-bedroom maid's apartment.
On the same floor, going back to the landing and continuing through the rooms of the palace, we find a large living room with an antique majolica-glazed heater and a study with a bathroom (and service area) in a pleasant room which was once the antechamber to Napoleon Bonaparte's private room.
Continuing to the wing on the opposite side to the kitchen, we find a room with a bathroom and large master suite composed of a small sitting room with a large fresco of Juno (18th century), the master bedroom with dressing room, bathroom and access to a small outdoor terrace, in symmetry with the kitchen area.
The finishings on this floor, which has a gross surface area of approximately 445 sqm, are very elegant and well preserved, with frescoed ceilings, original floor tiles or parquet from the Napoleonic period, stuccoes and en-pendant decorations.
Another two stairways lead to the second floor, of a total surface area of 340 sqm. Starting from the north stairway, we arrive at another accommodation area with two communicating bedrooms, dressing room and bathroom. Continuing on, we find a living room with study and bathroom, a double bedroom and a large bedroom with a sleeping area and library.
From here, it would be possible to link to an apartment which is currently independent, with access from the road, composed of a living area with kitchen and living room, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The finishings in this area are all in good condition.
On the top floor there is a large attic (approximately 404 sqm in total).
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the property, given its location in a historical town centre, is without doubt its courtyard, partly paved with river cobbles and partly designed as an Italianate garden with hedges and decorative stone elements (fountains and ornaments), which covers approximately 1,000 sqm, including a private parking area (for 4 vehicles).
On the first floor of the property there is a 35 sqm balcony which extends all the way around the inner perimeter, opening symmetrically onto two terraces (22 sqm each) on opposite sides.
Use and potential uses
The property is protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, allowing for tax benefits for property management (e.g. IMU council tax).
The purchase of the bare ownership makes this property a particularly good investment, with a range of potential future uses: by restoring the external façades to their original splendour, the Imperial Court could be made into an excellent office building, location for high profile events or even a small boutique hotel.