Berlusconi's former family home up for sale

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Villa Belvedere was Silvio Berlusconi's family home. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP
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One of Silvio Berlusconi's villas has been put up for sale, prompting speculation that even the former prime minister has been forced to tighten his belt.

The eighteenth-century Villa Belvedere, in the northern Lombardy region, will shut its gates today, Corriere della Sera reported.

The staff that tend to the lavish property and its expansive gardens were told by letter that they were losing their jobs, the newspaper said.

The villa, once owned by the Viscount of Vimodrone, was the Berlusconi family home when the billionaire was married to Veronica Lario.

Lario continued to live in Villa Belvedere after the couple separated, forcing Berlusconi to pay €1.8 million for the 20 staff and €487,000 in security in 2010 alone, Corriere said.

But the property can now be put up for sale as Berlusconi’s ex-wife, who publicly accused the former prime minister of “frequenting minors”, has moved to Milan.

Another of Berlusconi’s Lombardy properties, used for the former prime minister’s private events, has reportedly been deserted for months. Villa Gernetto has no staff working at the property and the heating has been cut off, Corriere said.

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But Berlusconi still has a number of homes to choose from, including the notorious Villa San Martino, also known as Arcore, the location of erotic “bunga bunga” parties.

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