MONTERIGGIONI (SIENA), ITALY - 19 JANUARY 2015: Dimitri Conti (38), founder and CEO of Lionard Luxury Real Estate, walks by the abandoned Castle of Sapia Salviani in Monteriggioni Pontassieve, approximately 50km from Florence, Tuscany, Italy, on January 19th 2015.
The castle was built in the 11th century and underwent several changes over the centuries. The last version of the castle dates back the 15th century. Salvia Sapiani (1210-1278), a noblewoman from Siena and protagonist of the terrace of the envious in Dante's Purgatory, lived in this castle. There are 1,530 square meters of interior surface and 5 hectares of land.
The high maintenance costs and the increasing property taxes have convinced the owners of historical and luxury properties to consider the opportunity to sell their real estate to foreign markets, that are the only ones interested. in such offers.
The castle is listed in a portfolio of 70 castles managed by Lionard Luxury Real Estate, a company founded in Florence in 2008. Lionard Luxury Real Estate has a portfolio of approximately 1200 luxury real estates. About 60/70 percent of the inquiries they receive are for Tuscan castles, while 95 percent of their transactions are done with foreign buyers.