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PHOTO: Princess Rita and Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi

  • It was a former hunting lodge on a hilltop site occupied by Julius Caesar’s palace
  • 16th century villa is in one of Rome’s poshest neighbourhoods set over six floors
  • Villa Aurora happens to boast the only surviving ceiling fresco by Michelangelo
  • But  it is also in need of serious renovation, estimated at a whopping £9.3 million

For sale: an imposing 16th-century villa in one of Rome’s poshest neighbourhoods covering more than 30,000 sq ft over six floors, plus two acres of formal gardens.

This stunning property — a former hunting lodge on a hilltop site once occupied by Julius Caesar’s palace — has what estate agents might call bags of potential.

But it is also in need of serious renovation: the basic cost of sorting it out is estimated at 11 million euros (£9.3 million).

One thing the lucky buyer certainly won’t be doing, however, is getting decorators in to re-paint the ceilings.

For Villa Aurora happens to boast the only surviving ceiling fresco by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi (Middle) decided to appear in Playboy magazine, posing in a feather boa in a photoshoot to accompany an article that she’d written, headlined The Liberation of a Congressional Wife

Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi (Middle) decided to appear in Playboy magazine, posing in a feather boa in a photoshoot to accompany an article that she’d written, headlined The Liberation of a Congressional Wife

This stunning property — a former hunting lodge on a hilltop site once occupied by Julius Caesar’s palace — has what estate agents might call bags of potential (Pictured)

This stunning property — a former hunting lodge on a hilltop site once occupied by Julius Caesar’s palace — has what estate agents might call bags of potential (Pictured)

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