Not that the couple are likely to have paid, as it’s owned by the ex-president’s former ambassador to Italy, John Philips.
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The couple where then whisked away in an armored Chevrolet as part of a 13-car motorcade, transporting them to their incredible Tuscan villa Borgo Finocchieto, as many Italians lined the streets to wave them as they passed.
But the family will be ensured privacy at their villa, which is a kilometer away from prying eyes on the road. Italian authorities have even imposed a ban on wild boar hunting, just in case the former president is accidentally shot. They are expected to fly out on May 24.
The Obamas, who have been on multiple vacations since leaving the White House in January, will reportedly visit Florence and Siena during their vacation.
Resting on more than six acres of rolling hillside near Buonconvento, 45 miles south of Florence, the village of Borgo Finocchieto provides superb views of the surrounding countryside – but what’s inside the villa and its attached homes is just as stunning.
According to its official website, Borgo Finocchieto – its name translates as ‘village of fennel fields’ – has 22 bedrooms across its five buildings.
The largest of those rooms is a colossal 800sqft ‘Medici’ master bedroom with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna.
As well as the smaller dining spaces in the villas, there are two full-scale dining rooms that seat a total of up to 44 people, as well as outdoor dining spaces, a wine-tasting room and a wet bar.
And visitors are cared for by a staff of 19, including a concierge, executive chef, wait staff, bartender and housekeepers.
Special requests can also be made to explore the surrounding countryside on horseback, by car or scooter, or even using helicopters and hot air balloons.
It’s a countryside worth exploring: The verdant green fields – dotted here and there with trees and hedges, rising up into distant mountains – are beautiful enough, and have been largely unchanged for 1,000 years.
But there are also other stunning locations to explore just a short drive away, from the winding cobbled streets of Buonconvento just over a mile away to a collection of castles, mansions and other villages a short car journey away.