Lake Maggiore, for sale the villa where Duse stayed

Teresa Scarale
Teresa Scarale
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A historic Lake Maggiore mansion, Villa Ada, hit the market in late June 2022. It was owned by the family of Russian princes Troubetzkoy, who hosted many celebrities from the world of culture and art there

Overlooking Lake Maggiore, with a private beach enjoying absolute privacy, Villa Ada Troubetzkoy was built around 1866 by botanist Pyotr Troubetzkoy for his family. One of Pyotr's sons, Paolo Troubetzkoy, became an internationally renowned sculptor (the Troubetzkoy Museum exists in Pallanza). Today that villa has been put up for sale by Italy Sotheby's Realty International. Over the years, guests include actress Eleonora Duse, painter Daniele Ranzoni, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, painter Tranquillo Cremona, sculptor Giuseppe Grandi, and composer Alfredo Catalani.


The villa has nine bedrooms and ten bathrooms, making 900 square meters in size. The bright living room, music room, kitchen, and dining room are on the ground floor. The park covers 23,000 square meters, enhanced by palm trees and a remarkable winter garden, originally an orangery and lemon house, now a place to relax with a fireplace and a wood-burning oven.


On the second floor are the master bedroom, a 90 sq m terrace overlooking the lake, and two apartments with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. The same equipment is provided for the four apartments on the second floor and the mini apartment on the attic floor.

Placing Villa Ada on the market responds to the growing demand for luxury housing in the area. The years 2021 and 2022," the company announced, "were successful years with million-dollar sales in Meina, Ghiffa, and Leggiuno Arolo and the tripling of the transaction

The geographical breakdown of Italy Sotheby's Realty International's clientele in the Lake Maggiore area is Denmark (30 percent), Germany (26 percent), the U.S. (25 percent), the Netherlands, and Switzerland (10 percent). Summer is the busiest period, with July and August the peak months.

Editor-in-chief of Pleasure Assets. A professional journalist from Gargano, she holds a degree in Economic and Social Disciplines from Bocconi University in Milan. She writes about finance, economics, art, and luxury markets. Teresa has been part of We Wealth since its founding.


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