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Sophia Loren's husband Carlo Ponti promised her the "most beautiful house in the world" when they tied the knot in 1966, and that became their iconic 50-room mansion. But before that, the late film producer lived in a Roman villa that was equally stunning.
The home where Carlo Ponti lived with his first family in the 1950s was a magnificent estate, sprawling over 161,000 square feet of land. Here, the film mogul famously entertained the biggest film stars of the era such as Antony Quinn and Kirk Douglas.
The extravagant property is situated on the Appian Way Park, which is one of the most beautiful and prestigious areas in the Eternal City. It is just a 10-minute drive from the Colosseum, the heart of Rome.
The opulent estate contains a 7,300 square feet two-story main villa and a 6,500 square feet independent outbuilding.
The outbuilding offers ample additional living space alongside a kitchen, two fireplaces, and a reception spot that opens up to the garden.
The main living quarters, accessible via an elevator, is composed of five en-suite bedrooms with their own bathrooms. The master suite, together with a library and a sunroom, has direct access to the romantic winter garden and terrace.
The renowned producer was delighted to show his guests around his villa. Many influential figures in the film industry, from directors like Federico Fellini, Vittorio de Sica, Roberto Rossellini to actors such as Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano were frequent guests.
The abode was modified a couple of times in the 1950s and completely restored in the 1980s.
The luxurious mansion features stunning elements dating back 2,000 years. The main villa was constructed in the 19th century on the ruins of a basalt quarry, which was the material source for the most famous Roman road, the Appian Way.
In the main villa, there is an original Roman room that comes complete with a concrete vault and ancient Roman mosaic floors. Italian actor Alberto Sordi set the initial scene of his film Un Tassinaro A New York here.
There are also a few leafy outdoor areas, including a shady veranda, a heated swimming pool, a garage, and several independent apartments.
The whole property is surrounded by a centuries-old park that features mature trees and spacious lawns.
The lavish house was put on the market for sale last year, claiming a staggering $22 million by the luxury real estate company Lionard.