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Palazzo Boccadiferro citadel in Castello di Serravalle, Italy
Photograph: Conforti Immobiliare

Now on the market: an incredible and luxurious citadel in Italy

The Palazzo Boccadiferro in Castello di Serravalle has its own palace, tower, gardens and guardhouse

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a citadel has gone up for sale in Italy. That’s right, an entire citadel – and yes, it’s exactly as luxurious and spectacular as it sounds.

The citadel in question consists of a palace, tower, gardens and guardhouse. The main bit is called the Palazzo Boccadiferro and it was built in the eighteenth century as the residence for a noble family. The entire property has 20 rooms and is spread over 14,000 square metres – 10,000 square metres of which is gardens.

All this is in the hilltop town of Castello di Serravalle, which is halfway between Bologna and Modena in central Italy. The town used to be a strategic fort and is steeped in history: it dates all the way back to the Romans and has been conquered and destroyed plenty of times over the centuries.

Before you get any ideas that the Palazzo Boccadiferro might be run-down or kitted out with features that are a bit, erm, medieval – think again. The palace has been kept in reasonably good condition over the years, boasting huge fireplaces, beautiful terracotta floors and characterful wooden beams. It’s even got central heating. Here are a few pics of the place.

Palazzo Boccadiferro citadel in Castello di Serravalle, Italy
Photograph: Conforti Immobiliare
Palazzo Boccadiferro citadel in Castello di Serravalle, Italy
Photograph: Conforti Immobiliare
Palazzo Boccadiferro citadel in Castello di Serravalle, Italy
Photograph: Conforti Immobiliare
Palazzo Boccadiferro citadel in Castello di Serravalle, Italy
Photograph: Conforti Immobiliare

All this will set you back €1,980,000 (£1,702,400, $2,101,100) which is both quite a lot of cash and, compared to London house prices, actually not too bad. We mean, once again, you get an entire citadel. It’s being sold by Italian estate agents Conforti Immobiliare, who, given that they have a ‘castle’ filter on their online search, clearly aren’t strangers to selling grand old abodes like this one.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Palazzo Boccadiferro, you can have a look at the official listing here. And if you haven’t got two million quid lying around? Well, owning your own Italian citadel might have to stay in your dreams – at least for a little while longer. 

Did you see that you can rent an entire village in Italy?

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