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Dream villas by the sea in Tuscany and Liguria

03 October 2018

A villa for sale in Forte dei Marmi was owned by the daughter of writer and Noble Prize winner Thomas Mann

“An ocean liner ready to set sail for the mountains”, this is how the daughter of Thomas Mann, winner of the Noble Prize for Literature, called it. This villa, in the exclusive “Roma Imperiale” neighbourhood in Forte dei Marmi, in Tuscany, looking straight into the “eyes” of the Apuan Alps, was commissioned by the fifth of Thomas Mann's six children, Elisabeth, who had stayed in town with her father several times during the Twenties, and was built between 1957 and 1959. It was designed by architect Leonardo Ricci – student and assistant of Giovanni Michelucci; this 350 m2 building's style can be attributed to the 1950's Rationalism architectural current and features reinforced concrete, glass and rough Carrara marble (  From Forte to another dream setting, whici is also in Tuscany, Roccamare, chosen as a place of the soul by another great writer, Italo Calvino, who spent many summers here. In this haven of rest, among pine trees and the scent of the sea, there are some magnificent villas for sale, with prices ranging from 2 to 10 million euros (  These are just some of the most beautiful luxury villas that Lionard Luxury Real Estate has put up for sale in the most exclusive seaside locations in Tuscany and Liguria.  On the Elba Island, built on a cliff, there is a magnificent main villa with an outbuilding and a two-storey annex at sea level. It is surrounded by a park going down towards the sea, and has exclusive access to the beach (  On another island, this time in Liguria, the Palmaria Island, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a luxury villa for sale that is currently a tourist accommodation facility and has a breathtaking view over Portovenere. Made in grey stone and surrounded by this island's untouched nature, this estate measures 120 m2 and has already been divided into four en-suite bedrooms and a charming living area ( In Portofino, one of the most famous places in the world and an international jet-set destination, there is this villa overlooking the famous Piazzetta. It measures 270 m2 overall, has two floors and is surrounded by a garden ( Between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, in one of the most beautiful coves of this emerald green sea, there is this villa for sale; it is a conversion of two old farmhouses, measures 450 m2 and has several levels. It is surrounded by a terraced garden dropping down to the sea, and is equipped with a swimming pool with a sunbathing area among olive trees and palms. An elevator connects the building to the beach below it ( In the same area there is also a romantic villa for sale, surrounded by the nature of a 6,700 m2 park. It measures 280 m2, has very refined rooms and three floors, which are connected by a lovely elliptical staircase with a wrought-iron handrail ( With an exceptional view over the Golfo dei Poeti, surrounded by the nature bordering the sea, this 1950s villa for sale in Lerici has one floor and measures 350 m2 ( It is a perfect estate for those who love the sea and peacefulness.

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