Many famous people have already chosen Italy as their top destination. Are you the next?
George Clooney has bought important properties on the Lake Como, such as Villa Oleandra and Villa Margherita. But Clooney is not the only one who loves Italy, the billionaire Arkadij Novikov has also bought Villa Fontanelle, in the surroundings of the Lake Como, which used to be owned by the Versace family.
Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, has bought a wonderful villa in Lenno that, according to rumours, he would be willing to rent to wealthy guests for € 120,000 per week.
The city of Venice, one of the most beautiful in the world, has captivated Elton John and his partner David Furnish, owners of a prestigious property in Giudecca.
Leonardo Di Caprio has purchased a 350 m2 attic with a view of the Verona Arena. The famous couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie own an extremely luxurious estate in Valpolicella.
Sting has owned for a while an estate in Figline Valdarno, the “Palagio”, which he considers his true home. In Tuscany, Sting produces olive oil, cured meats and honey.
Still, in Tuscany, Paul Smith fell in love with a villa in Camaiore, in the province of Lucca, nestled in the Tuscan hills.
Will Smith spends long periods of time surrounded by the olive trees of Sermoneta, in the province of Latina, where he owns a fantastic villa with a view of the Caetani castle. Orlando Bloom owns a farmstead with pastures in the north of Rome, in the Giustiniana area.
George Lucas, the famous director of Star Wars, has purchased a XVI century monastery in Passignano Sul Trasimeno, for approximately six million Euros.
Francis Ford Coppola has bought a property in Bernalda, a small town in the province of Matera, in Basilicata, where his grandfather emigrated to in 1900, looking for a better life. Coppola owns Palazzo Margherita which dates back to 1892.
Umbria has always been popular amongst celebrities since it’s a fascinating and peaceful region. Both Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy with his wife Clotilde Courau and the visionary director Terry Gilliam have bought their houses there.
Moving to the south, the Salento in Apulia is very popular. A couple of years ago, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren bought a manor farm from the XVI century in Tiggiano, near Lecce, which she uses to relax and to accommodate international celebrities.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has also bought a luxury apartment in the old town centre of Lecce, the Baroque capital. In Tricase, Salento, Meryl Streep has purchased a property in the heart of nature, where she usually resides.
Fiona Swarovski has bought some properties in Capri that she uses to organize events and to rent to celebrities for astronomical prices.
Sardinia, one of the most beautiful islands of the world, is the home of Peter Gabriel, former lead singer of Genesis, who owns a villa in Cannigione, where he spends most of the year. The Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has acquired a sumptuous estate in Porto Rotondo.
As confirmed by the many international celebrities that have chosen Italy as their home, you can say that happiness can be found anywhere, but in Italy, you are happier and for longer!