Live Near Brangelina's $40-Million Villa in Italy's Wine Country

If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to get into the business of bottling their own red wine, northern Italy's Valpolicella, where they reportedly just purchased an 18,000 square-foot villa for $40 million, is the place to do it. Not far from Verona, Valpolicella is not just a a gorgeous countryside famous for its wineries, but it is a blended wine, made mostly from the corvina grape.

If you're into wine, or just want to try to rub elbows with Brangelina in Italy, you can do so without plopping down millions for an estate.
The couple bought the 15-bedroom, seven-bath mansion after supposedly looking at two other less expensive properties in the area, reported Luxist, one priced at $13 million and the other at $10 million.

Jolie recently spent some time nearby in Venice during the filming of her upcoming project, "The Tourist."

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It would not have taken much to convince Pitt to fall in love with the area. The home also has its own vineyard, stables, a movie theater, a gym, cinema, and two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor, both with waterfalls.

If you're looking to buy in the area, however, there is a much smaller, but still sizable 5,300-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath available. The 1994-built three-story villa, according to the listing details, has a fireplace in the kitchen and a billiard room, pizza oven and gym on the ground floor.

Another option is to simply rent a country villa for a week and live like the locals, says Robert Hubbard of Miami, Fla.-based Italy Awaits, so you can shop the local markets and immerse yourself in daily Italian life.

Country villas, usually found on unpaved roads that lead through vineyards and olive groves, start at $46 per person, per night and have a minimum one-week stay, he says, and they are usually chosen by experienced travelers and large families who are comfortable being together and totally on their own.

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