Obama keeps giving us travel envy. Next stop, a Tuscan villa
Former President Barack Obama traveled to Milan, Italy, this week to participate in a global sustainable food summit and to deliver a sold-out speech — before heading to the Tuscan countryside for some rest and relaxation.
In other words, his post-White House life just keeps getting better.
Wearing a dark suit, a white shirt, no tie, and sunglasses, the former president was spotted in Milan leaving the Park Hyatt hotel, where the presidential suite goes for €8,400 a night, or about $9,140, The London Times reported.
Obama delivered a sold-out speech Tuesday on sustainability and climate change. Tickets to the event cost €850, raising nearly €3 million (about $3.2 million) for the Obama Foundation, according to the Times. The non-profit works to achieve “renewal and global progress,” according to its website.
During his campaign and into the first 100 days of his term, President Donald Trump has pledged to roll back many of the climate change initiatives that took place under Obama, including the Paris agreements that sought to strengthen international responsibility concerning global warming. Obama told the crowd Tuesday in Milan that while some of his administration's climate change goals may take longer to achieve under Trump, they cannot be completely done away with.
“The good news is, in part because of what we did over the last eight years, the private sector has already made a determination that the future is in clean energy. Investments are moving into clean energy,” he said, ABC News reported. “I'm confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction.”
Obama also had time for some sightseeing, stopping to see Leonardo da Vinci's “Last Supper,” while escorted by the Italian culture minister. He has spent the past several months traveling the world and enjoying his vacation time, water-skiing with Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands and yachting with Oprah and Bruce Springsteen in Polynesia.
And the luxury travels of the former president are far from over.
His next stop will be Borgo Finocchieto, a Tuscan villa that was renovated by John Phillips, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Italy in the Obama administration. Michelle Obama is set to join him there, according to Repubblica.
Borgo Finocchieto is an 800-year-old village unto itself, with 22 bedrooms, a formal dining room, a ballroom, a library, a professional teaching kitchen, and a wine tasting cellar, to name just a few of its many amenities.