You Can Now Rent Out Sting’s Tuscan Estate For Your Wedding Or Vacation

At the closing event of the wine festival Divino Tuscany  two years ago at the Tuscan estate Il Palagio, many of the guests mingling in the gardens managed a peak into the patrician 16thcentury main villa.  Our hosts Sting and Trudie Styler didn’t seem to mind; as local winegrowers, they were part of the event and the mingling. This year, though, they’re taking it a step further and renting the estate—a 900 acre beauty 45 minutes southeast of Florence with postcard Tuscan hill views. You can now hold your wedding or special event there or move in for the week in that main house (the most expensive, of course)  or one of the outside cottages both on and off the grounds.

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The frescoed dining room at Il Palagio. Photo by Alessandro Moggi

Celebrities and  business leaders often rent out their vacation estates or yachts when they’re not using them—not necessarily for the money, although it’s a bonus if rental fees can offset property taxes and running costs. “Sting and I would like our beautiful home in Tuscany to be enjoyed for special occasions, just as we do,” says Styler. The properties and the staffs need the energy, they need to be utilized. Richard Branson was the trendsetter in this, renting out  his British Virgin Island playground Necker Island to outside guests starting in the mid 1980’s. (Necker has been operating without its Great House, gutted by fire two years ago. It has been rebuilt and the island will be a complete island rental again starting in October for $60,000 a night.)

Il Palagio, which the couple bought in a run down state from the Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente in 1999, has nine bedrooms in the main villa, five guest houses decorated in a rustic style, formal gardens,  vineyards producing  the estate’s wine and olive groves for its olive oil. (Worth buying,  along with their honey, as I did, from their farm store on the property or less scenically, from Eli’s in New York. )  But there are definitely touches that reflect the lifestyle of its owners: yoga lessons, the Buddha statue in the Italian garden and the recording studio, also available for guests to use.

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