PONTASSIEVE (FLORENCE), ITALY - 19 JANUARY 2015: The watchtower of the Castle of Torre a Decima, is seen from the rooftop of the castle, in Pontassieve (Chianti region), approximately 20km from Florence, Italy, on January 19th 2015.
The castle was built in the 14th century by the Pazzi, a noble and powerful tuscan family. In 1478 they were involved in the conspiracy (which bears their name) to replace the de' Medici family as rulers of Florence. Today, the castle is a private residence. There are more than 10,000 square meters of interior surface and 156 hectares of land (part of which are olive groves and vineyards).
The high maintenance costs and the increasing property taxes have convinced the owners of historical and luxury properties to consider the opportunity to sell their real estate to foreign markets, that are the only ones interested. in such offers. There are more than 10,000 square meters of interior surface and 156 hectares of land.
The castle is listed in a portfolio of 70 castles managed by Lionard Luxury Real Estate, a company founded in Florence in 2008. Lionard Luxury Real Estate has a portfolio of approximately 1200 luxury real estates. About 60/70 percent of the inquiries they receive are for Tuscan castles, while 95 percent of their transactions are done with foreign buyers.