The luxury villa near Livorno is part of a larger complex built as a fortification for the defence of the city in the mid-1400s by a Florentine architect, who was commissioned by a Piedmontese prince.
The famous artist, sculptor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci lodged in the dwelling in 1502 as a military engineer while designing the great walls that still surround the gardens of the estate.
The property later became the residence of the Principality of Piombino – a state located on the central Italian peninsula created in July 1805 by Napoleon I for his younger sister Elisa, who renovated the villa in the early 1800s.
In March 1809 Napoleon made Elisa grand duchess of Tuscany. Elisa was Napoleon’s only sister to possess political power.
Today the four-floor cliff top villa boasts five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and views over the Mediterranean sea. It is expected to sell for between €5-10 million.