Thursday 25 May 2017

Italy is in the spotlight this week!

The Obamas have been enjoying the wonders of Tuscany this week staying in a property located very close to this villa which we are selling:

The presidential couple were guests of former US ambassador to Italy John Phillips at his luxury resort Borgo Finocchieto. They have been delighting in the historical treasures of Siena and Montalcino. In Siena they visited the magnificent Cathedral and were accompanied by the Mayor. The Cathedral is one of Italy's most illustrious Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals. Entering the Cathedral means not only experiencing spiritual elevation but also opening up to beauty and exploring one of the city's most valuable art treasures according to its website According to tradition, the present Cathedral replaces an earlier church dedicated to the Virgin Mary erected in the 9th century or thereabouts on the site of a temple serving the cult of Minerva. Equally unconfirmed rumour suggests that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of Sienese Pope Alexander III Bandinelli after the papacy had made peace with the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The Cathedral contains numerous masterpieces from every age but its marble mosaic inlay and graffito floor is in many ways its most prized possession. Giorgio Vasari certainly considered it the "most beautiful..., largest and most magnificent floor ever made".

 The current President and his entourage have been at the Vatican meeting Pope Francis and will be heading back to Italy to attend the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday.

 Colin Firth has applied for Italian Citizenship as according to his spokesperson “Colin was horrified by Brexit and is worried about the consequences”. He already owns a home in Umbria.

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