Own a 13th-Century Abbey in the Italian Countryside

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Atmosphere in spades, along with 19 bedrooms and sprawling woodlands, await at this ancient church and monastery complex in Rieti.

It's one thing to have an estate in Italy—but it's quite another when that estate includes a renovated 13th-century church. This former Cistertian abbey complex looks almost too beautiful to occupy. And yet, it's on the market now. 


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Renovations overseen by the Arts Council retained the original character of the Lazio region property. Beyond the sun-faded brick walls, traces of the past are everywhere you look, from a coat of arms carving to a smudged Fleur-de-lis fresco. And the place would be easy to share, considering its 19 bedrooms and various apartments (the listing notes "income potential"). 


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Just as stunning outside as inside, the complex feature arched windows overlooking the lush hillsides. Add some outdoor furniture, and your guests (or tenants) could take in views from the expansive stone terraces all around the estate. The church's great hall with soaring ceilings would be spectacular if left empty, or make an incredibly atmospheric event space. 


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It's easy to imagine the property feeling private and protected, with its high stone walls enclosing three sides, and distant neighboring properties. Moreover, the rolling hills and agricultural land make the whole estate seem like a place to really get away from it all. If civilization calls, Rome and Orvieto are each within a 90-minute drive. 


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This superlative-worthy property is being offered for $12.1 million, and more details are available in the listing on prestigeproperty.co.uk