It’s often hard to imagine those who moulded the world into what we know now as humans who ate, slept and… er, you know. Take Leonardo da Vinci. The original Renaissance man, this Italian polymath changed the worlds of art, engineering, science and architecture during his 67 years on Earth. Guy painted the damn Mona Lisa, for crying out loud.
But when he wasn't being an absolute genius, Leo needed a place to lay his (ridiculously intelligent) head like the rest of us. And now that place has hit the property market.
Leonardo’s last known home on Italian soil is an apartment in Bologna. Called the Emilia Residence, the fifteenth-century flat is part of Palazzo Felcini. It’s believed that Vinci stayed here after moving to the city with his patron, Giuliano de Medici. He later left Italy, eventually dying at the Château du Clos Lucé in France’s Loire Valley.
The breathtaking apartment has now gone on sale, and has been restored to maintain its historic features, with a modern twist (obvs). Sprawling across three floors, today the impressive home includes a terracotta courtyard, five bedrooms with Leonardoesque murals and frescoed ceilings, four bathrooms and a grand marble staircase.
According to the blog Wanted in Rome, the historic property is currently owned by Italian footballer Beppe Signori, who would like to sell it to a lucky buyer for €3.2 million. Those interested in putting in their bid can do so via Italy Sotheby's International Realty listing. It’s a steep price, but how much would you pay to soak up the vibes in a place that’s housed one of the world’s bona fide geniuses? A lot, that’s how much.