Former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama, make a smart couple. One of the best things about them is that they make the best of the time they have for themselves.
And they are back at it again, enjoying! At present, they are in Tuscany military base (Italy), all wrapped in opulence and comfort.
When they arrived at the military base on May 19, 2017, they were guarded by six fighter jets and were escorted in a 13-car motorcade to Borgo Finocchieto, which is a 14th-century village in Tuscany. They are on an all-expenses-paid world tour.
The sprawling property, where they are to stay is a lavish villa in Borgo Finocchieto village. It is a five-building, six-acre space and is owned by former US ambassador to Italy, John Philips. It has 22 bedrooms, multiple saunas and jacuzzis, a swimming pool, a gym and a basketball court. The couple will stay in the villa for five days.
Italians lined the streets to catch glimpses of Barack and Michelle Obama. The 13-car motorcade attracted a lot of attention which took them to the Tuscan village Borgo Finocchieto. The villa offers a stay for $15,000 a night. Their plane was safeguarded by six Eurofighter Fourth Wing jets as it landed at Grosseto Air Base.
Standing on more than six acres of rolling hillside near Buonconvento, 45 miles south of Florence, the villa in Borgo Finocchieto village provides an amazing view of the countryside.
The former FLOTUS and POTUS will also visit Florence and Siena during vacation.
The villa is one kilometre away from the busy road. Also, the Italian government has imposed a ban on wild boar hunting in the area. The villa has 22 bedrooms spread over its five buildings.
Borgo Finocchieto means 'village of fennel fields'.
There are two rows of dining tables in the building, allowing for a total of 44 people to be seated across them. The villa has been redesigned where business conferences can also be held. But Obamas are here to unwind themselves.
The majestic room has a family crest, a piano and classy furniture. Philips sourced all of this from Italy, in 2001.
There is a staff of 19, including a concierge, an executive chef, a wait staff, a bartender and housekeepers.
The largest room is a colossal 800 square feet master bedroom, named 'Medici'. It has a steam room, jacuzzi and sauna. There is also a wine-tasting room and a wet bar.
"Rebuilding was expected to be totally consistent with what was there before. If there was a window 300 years ago that had been covered up, you could put the window back, but you could not add a new window," he said while referring to the interiors which were redesigned but the exteriors which were not changed.
Original architecture plans of the old buildings still exist in Italy. These plans, which are centuries old, depict details about the building's dimensions and materials.
The nine bedrooms in the main house can be rented for $7,000 per night. All 22 bedrooms - across all five buildings are available for $15,200 per night.