Donatella Versace just dropped $5.6 million on a pink stucco villa in Italy that’s hosted famous guests like Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney — take a look inside the mansion.

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Fashion designer Donatella Versace has purchased a historic 15,000-square foot Italian villa in the town of Meina, overlooking Lake Maggiore. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
  • Barron’s reports that fashion designer Donatella Versace just purchased a villa that overlooks Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
  • The lavish home has a rich history and was previously owned by Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori, who frequently invited famous writers like Thomas Mann and Ernest Hemingway to stay at the villa.
  • The 64-year-old designer purchased the villa for approximately €5 million (roughly $US5.6 million), according to brokerage firm Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore.
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Donatella Versace has added another home to her real estate portfolio.

The 64-year-old fashion designer bought a villa previously owned by famed Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori. The villa was initially listed with brokerage firm Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore, though the sale was made without their mediation, according to a press release provided by the company. Versace purchased the luxurious home(which was last asking €4.8 million, according to Mansion Global) for around €5 million (or approximately $US5.6 million).

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The mansion, known as Villa Mondadori, is located in Meina, a small coastal town in northern Italy that overlooks Lake Maggiore. Much like Lake Como, Maggiore is considered a hotspot for wealthy international buyers.

Read on to learn more about the estate and its history – including the famous guests who have stayed in its 20 bedrooms – and to take a closer look at the property.


Villa Mondadori is one of the most famous homes on Lake Maggiore, which borders Italy’s Lombardy and Piemonte regions.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore, TripSavvy


The long and narrow lake, located to the south of the Alps, is Italy’s second-largest lake and also borders Switzerland. Milan is Maggiore’s nearest major Italian city, with Malpensa Airport located only 12 miles south of it.

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Source: TripSavvy


Many towns touch the shore of the roughly 40-mile long lake. Villa Mondadori, in particular, is located in the town of Meina.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore, TripSavvy


Donatella Versace recently bought the lakefront home for about €5 million (or around $US5.6 million).

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


The 1,400 square meter (about 15,000 square feet) villa, initially listed by Engel & Völkers, has four floors.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


Across the four floors, there is a total of 50 rooms. That includes 20 bedrooms …

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


… and 12 bathrooms.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


The villa directly overlooks the lake.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


Many of the estate’s rooms have clear views of the lake and mountains just outside their windows.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


As if the natural landscape isn’t enough, the home also features a swimming pool and a garden.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


The mansion was previously owned by Arnoldo Mondadori, an Italian publisher. The Mondadori family bought the villa in the 1920s.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


In Mondadori’s day, the pink stucco mansion housed a number of famous guests.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


This includes Walt Disney, who in 1935 signed a deal with the publisher for a children’s series based on Disney’s characters.

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Source: Gruppo Mondadori


Some of the most renowned writers of the 20th century also stayed in Mondadori’s many bedrooms, including Thomas Mann and Ernest Hemingway.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


While his famous guests were visiting, Mondadori would have them sign their names on a fireplace.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


That original fireplace — signatures and all — is still intact.

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Source: Engel & Völkers Lago Maggiore


After Mondadori lived there and before Versace purchased it, the property functioned as a bed and breakfast for those visiting the Alps.

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Source: Barron’s