Virat and Anushka Italian wedding in Tuscany: Everything about the destination venue, see pics

first_imgThree years ago, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Bride, Anushka Sharma said that if she were to have a destination wedding, it would be in ‘somewhere like a vineyard perhaps’. In 2017, as she and Indian skipper Virat Kohli are all set to tie the knot, Sharma has made sure vineyards are a big part of her wedding ceremony.The couple, along with their respective families, took off to Italy in the wee hours of Friday. While the initial speculation was that Kohli and Sharma were getting married in Milan, seems like they are not. Their big day is taking place just a little over four hours south of Milan, in a historic property called Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South Italy.WHERE IS BORGO FINOCCHIETO?Borgo FinocchietoBorgo Finocchieto in Buoncovento is about an hour from the city of Tuscany and is known for its celebrity-endorsed resort. The property is a restored 13th Century village that has five villas. The word ‘borgo’ is Italian for ‘village’. ‘Finochietto’ in Italian means an orchard, or fields, of fennel. The owner of the Borgo bought the property in 2001, and is said to have spent eight years restoring the 13th Century village and giving it its present look.At once, the resort can accommodate 44 people in 22 rooms. That might explain why most of Virat and Anushka’s friends had to be left behind in India, waiting for a wedding reception in Mumbai on probably December 26. Borgo Finocchieto is at a distance of 34 kms from the Italian station of Siena and 2 kms from the Bibbiano Castle. Florence is an hour’s drive from the place, and Rome is two-and-a-half hours away. Borgo Finocchieto sits right next to Italy’s wine capital, Montalcino. Anushka’s vineyard wedding done right, we say!advertisementHISTORICAL IMPORTANCEThe property is a restored 13th Century villageAn entire village in Siena is now Borgo Finocchieto. Its historical importance lies in the fact that the erstwhile village was located on the Via Francigena, the road that the medieval pilgrims took to reach Rome from Canterbury some 800 years ago. The Via (road) connected the monastic stopovers of Monte Oliveto and Sant Antimo.Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are getting married in this Tuscan heaven The village probably hosted numerous pilgrims, merchants and adventurers through the centuries. You might want to go back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to refresh your memory of Siena and the journey that his pilgrims set out on.WEDDINGS IN BORGO FINOCCHIETOThe property has immense historical importanceYou can find the Borgo Finocchieto listed under ‘Exclusive Weddings in Italy’. The place promises to give you the experience of a lifetime and something to remember the big day by. They are famous for their rolling lawns, wine-tasting rooms and a gazebo. The Borgo is often booked for wedding parties and has seen several celebrity visits in the past.The owner of Borgo Finocchieto spent eight years restoring the villageThe Borgo Finocchieto comes with five independent and luxurious buildings, air-conditioned to make sure the heat of South Italy doesn’t bother you. The villas are named Finocchieto, Colussi, Filippi, Santa Teresa and Fede.CELEBRITIES AT BORGO FINOCCHIETOBorgo Finocchieto is among the most expensive holiday destinations in the worldThe place is famous for its high-profile guests. Remember the Obamas on their Tuscan vacation just this May? They were at the Borgo Finocchieto too. Barack and Michelle Obama, after leaving the White House, have been on a dream tour of sorts. Their May sojourn began in Milan, where the former US president delivered a speech on climate change, and the couple then headed to Borgo Finocchieto, where Virat and Anushka are now getting married.The property is right next to Italy’s wine capital, MontalcinoThe Borgo comes with a testimonial by the late American politician, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, who gushed, “Vicki (Victoria Kennedy) and I can’t thank you enough for having us at the Borgo. The wine, food and friends made for a special visit that we’ll never forget. We envy your small piece of Tuscan heaven and we’re grateful to you for sharing it with us…. With great appreciation and affection.”COSTSBorgo Finocchieto boasts of five villas that can accommodate 44 people at onceThe medieval villa sits right atop (is second actually, next to Hacienda Santa Ines in Costa Rica) Forbes’ list of 20 most expensive holiday destinations in the world. One week at the Borgo Finocchieto is going to set you back by at least Rs 1 crore. The rates range from Rs 6,50,000 to 14,00,000 per night.VIRAT AND ANUSHKABorgo Finocchieto is about an hour’s drive from TuscanyThe Borgo Finocchieto is completely booked till December 13, by when Virat and Anushka are expected to tie the knot. Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are among the very few people expected to be there.advertisementFor the next few days, a private security cordon around the heritage property keeps people out. A team of bhangra dancers have arrived and staying in nearby Bibbiano. Sangeet and other Punjabi wedding ceremonies are on. A quaint little village in Tuscany is getting a taste of Punjab. It sure will be a wedding to remember!(The writer tweets as @ananya116)FULL COVERAGE: Virat and Anushka’s Italian weddingALSO WATCH | Exclusive video from Borgo Finocchieto, Virat and Anushka’s stunning wedding venuelast_img read more

NBA’s Silver Weighs Sterling Fallout

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers have April 28 off.Adam Silver likely won’t get that same luxury.Facing the first real crisis of his short tenure as NBA commissioner, Silver is under pressure to swiftly bring some sort of resolution to the scandal surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racially charged comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation, portions of which were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.The matter will not go away anytime soon, but the players’ association is hoping Silver rules before the Clippers play host to Golden State in a critical Game 5 of their knotted-up Western Conference first-round series on April 29. That means plenty of eyeballs will remain on the commissioner’s office, waiting to see if any word is coming.“This situation is a massive distraction for the league right now,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA All-Star who is serving as an adviser to the National Basketball Players Association while the Sterling matter plays out. “It must be addressed immediately.”Silver’s first priority is verifying Sterling’s voice is on the recording. From there, Silver’s next move remains unclear. He works for the owners — and so far that group seems to have no sympathy for Sterling’s latest controversy.Among those who have spoken out publicly to condemn the alleged Sterling remarks: Washington’s Ted Leonsis, Miami’s Micky Arison and perhaps most notably, Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, who won six NBA titles as a player.“I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.”Silver started as commissioner Feb. 1, replacing the retired David Stern. Silver met with Kevin Johnson and heard five things that the players’ union wants from the commissioner, that list includes:—Sterling doesn’t attend any NBA games for the rest of the playoffs because of the “enormous distraction.”—A full account of past allegations of discrimination by Sterling and why the league never sanctioned him.—An explanation of the range of penalties the league could bring against Sterling.—Assurance the NBA and the union will be partners in the investigation.—A decisive ruling.“He’s got to come down hard,” Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson, who was referenced on the audio recording, said on ABC.The NBA constitution is not public, though it’s understood the commissioner’s powers are broad when it comes to dealing with matters deemed “prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball.” A fine, a suspension, a demand for sensitivity training, all those and more are surely at Silver’s disposal.Meanwhile, more audio may be coming. An employee in the office of attorney Mac E. Nehoray, who represents the woman allegedly on the tape, said the full recording lasts about an hour. The clips released by TMZ and Deadspin are significantly shorter than that.The attorney’s office also insists that the recording is legitimate and that Sterling is the man on the tape.Also, the NAACP announced on Twitter that “#DonaldSterling will not be receiving a lifetime achievement award from the LA Branch of the NAACP.” Sterling had been slated to receive the honor on May 15 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the group’s Los Angeles chapter.Some players feel for the magnitude of the task Silver is facing.“What, he’s been three months on the job? And he has to deal with an issue like this,” Washington’s Garrett Temple said of Silver. “It’s unfair to him. … It’s going to be a difficult situation for him to take care of, and he’s probably going to act swiftly as he said. And he needs to do so. It’s a very tough issue. A lot of different sides. But it’s more than basketball.”Sterling agreed to not attend the April 27 game, though his wife — who has filed suit against the woman alleged to be on the tape — was present. Rochelle Sterling released a statement to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.“Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices. We will not let one man’s small mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love. We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team.”Sterling has been the subject of many past controversies, but this, particularly at playoff time and with his own team a potential title contender, has perhaps generated more outcry than the others combined. Even President Barack Obama addressed the issue at a news conference in Malaysia.The next move will be made by Silver. “This is a defining moment for the league,” Kevin Johnson said. “It’s a defining moment for the commissioner.”___By Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball Writer. AP Sports Writers Antonio Gonzalez and Joseph White and Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more