Here’s What I Want For My Birthday

Yes, I have a birthday coming up this week, and i’m in the mood for a palazzo. Italy’s 365-room Sammezzano Castle, set in the Florentine foothills, is for sale. This 19th-century pile is filled with Orientalist touches. The castle and its 160-acre grounds, which have been left to ruin for the last several decades amid a grove of trees that butts up against an outlet-mall parking lot, will be auctioned off at a starting price of just $22 million in an attempt to save the estate from private investors who are angling to turn it into a luxury resort if the price falls low enough.

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