The phrase “house of Gucci” may recall the book or the movie, but in the exclusive residential heart of Rome there is literally a house built and still owned by the heirs of the Gucci family. Plot ? It’s for sale.

In the late 1940s, fashion mogul and former CEO Aldo Gucci, the eldest son of the iconic Italian brand’s founder, was looking for a place to build a family home. He found one 10 minutes from the historic city center.

Completed in 1951, the villa remained the site of holiday gatherings long after the children had grown up. The house is surrounded by greenery in a historically established neighborhood filled with wealthy homeowners and embassies.

In addition to the association of name and central location, the tycoon-sized property also stands out for another reason, according to listing agent Chiara Gennarelli of Building Heritage. “I can tell you that it’s really rare to find something so large and well maintained in Rome,” says Gennarelli. “Most houses are now split into apartments.”

Beyond the gated entrance is a 1,200 square meter main villa set in approximately 10,000 square meters of landscaped grounds, or nearly 13,000 square feet of living space on 2.5 acres.

Restored in the 1990s, the house’s facade stays true to its original blend of English style and Tuscan accents, with floor-to-ceiling windows, columns, and decorative detailing. Views take in the surrounding gardens, the Roman skyline, and the Altare Della Patria (or Altar of the Fatherland), a neoclassical national monument that symbolizes the center of ancient Rome.

The four storey villa has been designed with a garden level kitchen, games/billiards room, utility room and staff quarters. An elevator connects the floors.

The main level, with several living rooms, a dining room, an office and a guest bathroom, is centered on a wooden staircase in the shape of a shell. Parquet floors, moldings and elegant fireplaces are among the details.

The master suite is on one level with four other en-suite bedrooms. At the top of the villa is a staircase that leads to a roof terrace and more bedrooms for a total of 12 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and two powder rooms.

Gucci added a second 900 square meter villa, also in the English style, to the site in the early 1960s for one of his sons. At nearly 9,700 square feet, the smaller three-level villa, in need of renovation, could be used as an office, guesthouse or rental. With independent access, it occupies about a third of the property with a greenhouse and two outbuildings.

The main plot includes a swimming pool, changing rooms with bathrooms, a garage and a tool shed.

Priced at 15 million euros, or approximately US$15.9 million, the property is ready for its next dynasty.

“The ideal buyer,” says Gennarelli, “would be an international entrepreneur who loves green outdoor spaces, time spent with friends, and good dinners at home.”

Building Heritage is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Propertiesa consumer marketplace and member network of elite brokerages selling the most luxurious homes in the world.

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