Typical Tuscan architecture. The 16th-century villa was built as a hunting lodge for the dukes of San Clemente.

Chinese wisteria covers the 118-foot-long oak pergola.

An antique marble fountain rises out of the boxwood parterre.

Clipped boxwood frames beds of lavender, santolina, and white oleander.

An ancient cedar of Lebanon overlooks the parterre, formally known as Il Giardino dei Limoni, or garden of the lemon trees.

Sting came up with the idea for the oversize chessboard.

Lunch on a gravel terrace in the shade of an oak tree.

The pool, installed by a previous owner, overlooks the Valdarno Superiore valley.

Photography by Giancarlo Gardin
Portrait by Jaime Travezan
All images and information from Architectural Digest.


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