The Godfather trilogy, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on Mario Puzo’s novels of the same name, is widely considered one of the most iconic and well-received film series in history. Now, you may purchase the beautiful Italian castle that appeared in the movie. The Castello has a lot of history and memories from Godfather`s movie. If you are interested, you have to deal with Mafia first! No… this is just joking!
The colossal mansion, known as the castle of the Pennisi Family of Floristella, covers 43,055 square feet. Baron Pennisi commissioned Palermo architect Giuseppe Matricolo to design a villa for his huge art collection at the end of the nineteenth century. The building scheme was influenced by the decorative architectural styles of the medieval, such as Romanesque and Byzantine. The result was a hodgepodge of three two-story structures and two towers.
The magnificent main staircase with vaulted ceilings and stone-arched columns of the hall is complemented by an equally stunning marble staircase. Ogival arches and battlements add to the quirky atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind home. The geometric patterns on the ceilings are in gold and blue, while Byzantine décor items and paintings by Paul Pennisi fill out the interiors. There are 22 bedrooms, eight complete bathrooms, a wine cellar, an artist studio, a library, and a small chapel (decorated with jaw-dropping frescos by Giuseppe Sciuti) with Byzantine motifs. There are also two large balconies overlooking a lush 2.1-acre park.
The property, which is 140 years old, miraculously survived the disastrous 1908 quake that shook southern Italy and Messina. During World War II, Acireale, a little seaside town where the castle is located, was bombed by the British Army, but the home remained intact. The picturesque town has several ancient monuments, including Sicily’s oldest art institute.
The Sicilian castle is for sale for €6 million via Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.