This historic villa for sale on the Livorno Hills, was built by the family Malenchini: Vincenzo Malenchini was a lawyer but also became a famous captain who helped Garibaldi in his project of making Italy united: he led, in june 1860, 1200 young tuscan volunteers to help Garibaldi in Sicily. The villa was preferred by the patriot among the various family properties so that he decided to spend the last years of his life there. In a letter, he suggests Garibaldi, after having been treated at the hospital of Pisa (he had been shot on a foot) to rest in his property for a long period.
Following a long cypress road one gets to Colle Badia and right on top there is this elegant villa: the main facade has an external double staircase that leads from the ground floor to the first floor (piano nobile), 2 terraces on left and right side and a old watch, still working, on top of the roof. On the front of the villa there are two marble signs explaining Vincenzo Malenchini’s life and political purposes and project of unite Italy.
The ground floor comprises a large kitchen with tiled open fireplace, a nearby storage, a sitting room with small fireplace, dining room, a large bedroom with bathroom, several cellars, a second bathroom, a billiard room, laundry room. The elegant staircase leads to the upper floor with beautifully decorated ceilings: here there are 2 bedrooms with terrace access, a central sitting room, study with terrace, 3 other bedrooms and main bathroom. Ground floor and first floor have a surface of 600 sqm, the top floor, has a surface of 240 sqm with high ceilings. Not far from the villa there is a farmhouse with 2 apartments and a surface of 200 sqm, a small annex and a limonaia. The buildings are surrounded by over 1 hectar of land, all fenced, with pool.
Nugola, Vicarello, Guasticce, Castell’Anselmo, Stagno, Parrana San Giusto, Colognole and Paranna San Martino are typical Tuscan villages where reminders of the past live on and nature is still unspoilt. Set in the countryside or crowning hilltops, but always surrounded by greenery, the villages around Collesalvetti are full of pleasant surprises. Fascinating natural itineraries lead to ancient abbeys, churches, springs and old mills. Near the village of Parrana lies the Sambuca, a church and hermitage dating back to 1200s.Built by Augustinian monks and enlarged by Jesuits, it was once a haven for hermits, wayfarers and pilgrims and is a monument of great in-terest and fascination. It can be reached by a footpath through the greenery of a valley. The Colognole Aqueduct, built between 1700 and 1800, is of considerable architectural interest.
For 20 km, it crosses a beautiful part of the area, providing a fascinating historical and natural itinerary through woods and Mediterranean scrub where streams and torrents flow through arches and cisterns. The village church at Colognole houses a seventeenth-century organ of great artistic value.