For American superstars and global do-gooders Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt all of the world is a real estate stage.
The comely couple own a 5-ish acre compound in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, a contemporary estate perched on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, an historic mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans, a hilltop hideaway and 60,000 hectares of jungle in Cambodia, and a 1,000 acre estate in the South of France known as Chateau Miraval*.
Back in April of 2010, while the Pitt-Jolie clan was spending a few months in Italy while Momma Jolie filmed scenes for her upcoming thriller film The Tourist with fellow Hollywood ex-pat Johnny Depp, Daddy Pitt headed out into the I-talian countryside in search of some marble for some renovation project or another.
Mister Pitt became quickly smitten with the area and by mid-July all the celebrity real estate gossips around the world were reporting that the peripatetic pair and their 427 children were house hunting in the rustic and rolling hills in the north eastern viticultural region of Valpolicella near Verona.
Eventually their search led them to the 17th century Villa Costanza San Pietro in Cariano, an historic and slightly disheveled, Palladian style mansion with a reported asking price of €32,000,000, an amount that Your Mama's currency conversion contraption indicates translates to $40,792,000 at today's rates.
Most reports say the spectacularly rich couple coughed up somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000,000 but at least one report from July 2010 in an Italian publication indicates that the couple paid around €15,000,000–$19,121,200–for the property.
According to previous reports, hotel sized house weighs in at a titanic 18,000 square feet and includes 15 bedrooms, 7 poopers, 2 swimming pools, several spas and waterfalls, 1 movie theater, a home fitness room, stables for the ponies, and a damn vineyard.
According to the official website for Comune di san Pietro In Cariano, the "U" shaped Villa Costanza–also known as Villa Saibante-Monga–wraps around a central courtyard that contains six mythological statues, a couple of carved stone lions, and a well that dates to 1623. Among the many rooms in the villa there are two large rooms, one with a tiled floor, coffered ceiling and walls decorated with 17th century frescoes and another with walls painted with landscapes.
*Although Your Mama don't know a pine tree from a coffee pot, we are not convinced that Mister Pitt and Miz Jolie actually bought the Chateau Miraval property but it is where the comely couple and their 87 children have been living on and off since the spring of 2008.