Villa Aurora: US ‘princess’ evicted from Rome villa with Caravaggio mural

A US-born “princess” has been evicted from a villa in Rome housing the only ceiling mural by the artist Caravaggio.

Princess Rita Jenrette Boncompagni Ludovisi called her eviction from Villa Aurora a “travesty”.

The property has been at the centre of an inheritance dispute between Princess Rita and the sons of her ex-husband, who died in 2018.

As part of the row, it was previously put up for auction for €471m (£394m), but attracted no bids.

In a video posted to social media, Princess Rita said she was being “brutally evicted from a home which I have lovingly taken care of for the past 20 years,” adding that the move was “illegal” and “unnecessary”.

“Someone said it’s because I’m a woman and I’m American – I don’t know,” she said, before adding that it was “all about money, obviously”.

The eviction notice was issued in January by a Rome court, which said Princess Rita had failed to maintain the building following the collapse of an outside wall. It also said she had violated…

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