A home fit for royals: Former Italian PM Berlusconi may sell his villa to Saudi ruling family

Published August 11th, 2015 - 12:22 GMT

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister, may make some quick cash if he chooses to take the Saudi royal family's offer for his holiday villa.

According to reports Berlusconi is considering an offer from the Saudi royals to buy his property, located on Sardinia's island coast. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef — Saudi interior minister and first in line for the throne — reportedly attached the price of 350 million euros ($387 million) after receiving a tour of Villa Certosa from the 78-year-old mogul. 

The Saudi royal may not have been able to resist when he saw the 168-acre property, adorned with 68 rooms, six swimming pools, a huge park and an artificial volcano, according to The Telegraph. 

There have been rumors of potential buyers for the property in the past, but Berlusconi never actually closed a deal.

Italian news outlet Corriere della Serra said negotiations intensified after Saudi King Salman had to cut his holiday at the French Riviera short due to protests. 


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