Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma chose an 800-year-old luxury resort in Tuscany, Italy to tie the knot in a private ceremony. We are delighted by the union, but even more happy with the venue. Check out Borgo Finocchieto, the castle of dreams. By Pallavi Mehra
In the biggest ceremony of the year, Virat Kohli and his longtime girlfriend Anushka Sharma tied the knot on Monday (Dec 11) at a luxury resort in Tuscany away from the glare of the Indian media. it was, in fact so discreet, that the paparazzi couldn’t get a whiff of their romantic holiday, let alone all their closest friends and family flying down to Italy for the big day. The venue that hosted this high profile event, is now under the spotlight, and why wouldn’t it. This 13th century, restored historic luxury village called Borgo Finocchieto is also the second most expensive property in the world.
According to Forbes, Borgo Finocchieto is the second most expensive holiday destination globally. A one-week stay at Borgo will cost you at least INR 1 crore with the price per night ranging from INR 6,50,000 to INR 14,00,000!
The resort is an hour’s drive from the Florence airport and has in the past hosted names to the likes of US President Barack Obama and the late American politician Edward (Ted) Kennedy. Borgo means village and Finocchieto translates to orchards or fields. John Phillips, the owner, bought the property in 2001 and renovated it extensively for over eight years.
That explains the price tag.
The resort includes five villas on six acres of a Tuscan hill and is popular for creating one-of-a-kind experiences for its guests. It accommodates only 44 guests for a more personalised experience. Besides its plush suites, the resort also houses wine-tasting rooms, a gazebo, a 60-foot oval swimming pool, a tennis court, a fully equipped gym, spa and breathtaking views of the wine capital of Italy, Montalcino.
The resort has been completely booked until December 13 for the couple’s wedding with a private security corridor constructed around the heritage property. A testimonial on the resort’s website claims that “magic happens at Borgo Finocchieto!” After looking at the stunning photographs on social media, we think Anushka and Virat’s wedding was just that—magical.