Much more than a house with a large park, Villa Portesina is a real piece of history. It was built starting in 1911, where previously there were cultivated fields (however, overlooking the lake).
The villa was built in the late nineteenth-century style, surrounded by a park of over 17 thousand square meters, statues and paths in pebbles, the caretaker's house, a tennis court, a pier for mooring boats (later transformed into a covered dock ).
Later, Villa Portesina, became the home of the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Serafini Mazzolini, in the years of the Duce, who hosted among many others the ambassador of Japan. The presence of the American poet Ezra Pound is documented in 1944. In the following years the villa even hosted a campsite: tents and bungalows in the splendid 19th century park. Then everything ran aground over the years.
The structure was abandoned for a long time, until a couple of years ago the owners decided not to sell it for 15 million euros: with the passage of time no offer (to that amount) has materialized. Only now the news of the definitive sale, but almost half price, by a Polish businessman. And Villa Portesina, after many years, is ready to leave.
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This tour is composed of itinerary 1 plus the navigation through the renowned small town of Gardone Riviera.