Hot property: five houses for sale in northern Italy

Villa, Lecco, Lombardy, €3.4 million

Or In Malgrate, a small town on the shores of Lake Como, just opposite Lake Lecco. Milan is 55km to the south, with Malpensa International Airport just over an hour away.

What An eight bedroom villa of 800 sqm on 2.2 acres. The main house is currently divided into two units, with a self contained three bedroom apartment occupying the second floor, and there is a separate 80m² caretaker’s cottage. The terraces offer a panoramic view of the lake and the mountains.

Why Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the villa has a remarkable central hall with a marble staircase and retains fireplaces and classic stone frescoes.

Which Frankish Knight

Apartment, Milan, €1.6m

Or In a courtyard of the historic Via San Gregorio, 10 minutes walk from Milan Central Station. Malpensa airport is 50 minutes away by car.

What A two-bedroom, four-bathroom loft spanning 3,500 square feet featuring a heated pool, fitness center, and artist’s studio.

Why With glass floors, floating staircases and open-plan spaces, the apartment is bright and modern, befitting its location in Italy’s design and fashion capital.

Which Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa, Castelletto, Liguria, €4.5m

Or In Castelletto, a residential area 5 km from the center of Genoa. For European and domestic flights, Genoa airport is approximately 20 minutes away by car.

What A five-bedroom villa on four floors with lift, a terrace overlooking Genoa and a garden with waterfalls and sculptures.

Why The property has been recently refurbished and retains elegant features such as stained glass windows, frescoes and decorative tiled floors.

Which Frankish Knight

Castle, Monferrato, Piedmont, 6.7 million euros

Or Overlooking a medieval hamlet in the hills of Monferrato. Asti can be reached in 30 minutes by car, while Turin airport only takes 50 minutes.

What A 15th century chateau with nearly 5,000 m² of living space. It has 23 bedrooms and bathrooms, a former presbytery with 10 bedrooms and a church decorated with 14th century frescoes. Outside is a swimming pool and a garden with a maze.

Why The hillside setting offers views of the surrounding countryside of Piedmont, one of Italy’s richest wine regions.

Which Christie’s International Realty

Chalet, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, 5.95 M€

Or In the alpine ski resort of Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc. The nearest international airport is 115 km away, on the other side of the border in Geneva (1h30 by car). Turin airport is 150 km to the south (about 1h40).

What A traditional five-bedroom, six-bathroom chalet, including a self-contained top-floor apartment with its own living-kitchen area.

Why The house is set in a private garden and has a 45 m² terrace and balcony with a view of Mont Blanc.

Which Engel & Volkers

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Laura J. Boyer