Inside the luxurious Italian estate where Barack and Michelle Obama vacationed
In case you didn’t know, Barack and Michelle Obama have been living their best lives ever since leaving the White House in January.
The politically-famous family has been jet-setting around the globe for the last few months, spending time in the Caribbean kitesurfing with Richard Branson, dining in New York City with Bono, and flying off to French Polynesia, where they reportedly worked on their autobiographies before hopping onto a luxury yacht with Oprah and Tom Hanks. And last week the pair added a new stamp to their passports in Italy.
In late May, the duo landed in Milan, where Barack participated in a global sustainable food summit and delivered a sold-out speech. His better half Michelle also appeared to enjoy her stay, taking in the sights in Montalcino, Italy while rocking her now famous vacation style with white distressed jeans and a striped one-shoulder Teija top.
And the couple’s accommodations were just as stylish as the former first lady herself. While visiting Tuscany, the Obamas stayed at the Borgo Finocchieto, an expansive and luxurious estate in Buonconvento, near Siena, that was renovated by John Phillips, the former United States Ambassador to Italy, in 2001.
The estate includes a 60-foot pool, tennis and bocce courts, and a fully-equipped gym with sauna and steam room, along with a basketball court, which we are sure the former president and basketball megafan took full advantage of.
On site, the Obamas also likely ate fresh Tuscan foods prepared by Borgo Finocchieto's own chef, Daniele Ciofi. The 40-year-old chef creates seasonal menus using only regionally sourced ingredients and pairs each of his dishes with wines produced right in Tuscany.
You too can live like Michelle and Barack, but be warned: it will cost you more than a few euros. As UltraVilla noted, Borgo Finocchieto can only be rented as an exclusive buy-out, but it can accommodate up to 44 guests in 22 perfectly appointed suites.