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How an Italian Duke Deceived Sting and His Wife: The Story of the Purchase of Villa Il Palagio and Its Further Fate

Cult musician Sting and his wife Strudy Tyler bought an estate in Tuscany in the late 20th century. However, its current owner was deceived by the past, and a funny story came out of it. Read our article about how the Italian duke's little trick helped the musician become a winemaker.

The Story of Sting's Estate: How the Musician Bought a Luxury Villa and Started his Winery

Already an iconic musician, Sting has acquired villa in Tuscany in the late 1990s, but few people know the story behind the purchase of this luxurious home. What tricks the past owner of the estate went to in order to sell his villa and how the singer was able to revive the estate from the ruins 17th centuries? Let's try to figure it out.

Buying a villa

Sting and Trudy Styler on one of the lakes at Il Palagio Manor
Sting and Trudy Styler on one of the lakes at Il Palagio Manor

Sting and his wife Trudy Styler in 1997 purchased a luxurious estate in Tuscany with adjoining vineyards. Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente, the then owner of the estate, invited the former Police frontman to visit the house, and, after several trips, Sting was almost certain to buy it. The only thing that helped the singer decide to do was to glass of wine.

According to Sting, the Duke offered to try local wine on their first visit. The guests praised the product of these lands, as did the house, which was sadly in decline. Already then Sting was thinking of a deal, and a glass of that very same red wine made the musician answer the cherished "Yes".

Fantastic composition "Fragile."The song, which was another hit, was recorded at this very estate.

But, as the former Police soloist later learned, the Duke turned out to be very a cunning man.: instead of the wine from Il Palagio, he served his guests a barolo from the northwestern region of Italy.

Revenge is sweet

Sting and his wife at Villa Il Palagio
Sting and his wife at Villa Il Palagio

When the estate was fully taken over by Sting and his wife, at parties where Il Palagio wine was served, the couple's guests poured the drink into the flowerbeds. One can imagine what the harvest was like at that time! Then Sting and Trudy decided to "revenge" The duke began to produce a stunning wine from the Palagio vineyards. It really wasn't a bad way to get revenge.

Since the villa Sting bought was for a long time Looks like ruinsThe new owners approached the reconstruction with the usual creative flair: due to a shortage of workers, Sting and Trudy announced that whoever wishes could work on the estate but pay for it. The musician called such work "therapeutic" and, as he himself sought peace and relaxation in the lands of Italy, suggested that others experience the same, and after dinner at the same table.

Own winery

Sting and Trudy Styler in Tuscany at Villa ll Palagio
Sting and Trudy Styler in Tuscany at Villa ll Palagio

Today, the estate is producing about 150,000 6 different kinds of wine per year: sparkling, white, rosé, and there are also three kinds of red wines made with different grape varieties, both local and imported. In the tricky art of winemaking since 2020, the couple is assisted by a renowned Italian oenologist Ricardo Catarello.

Interesting fact: the three wines produced at Sting's villa are named after his songs.

For Sting and Styler Manor summer houseThe family can gather together, but there is enough room in their cozy dwelling even for those who want to celebrate an important event in life or just relax in the south of Florence. At the moment you can rent a villa there with all the amenities.

Holidays in Italy every year

Sting and Trudy (2017).
Sting and Trudy (2017).

The doors of Il Palagio Manor are open to the musician's family and their guests every summer; Sting and his wife gather together as a family just in the south of Italy to enjoy fine wine and a pleasant holiday.

Sting himself says, "We're not really owners at all; we're here to make this place better". No doubt the work has not been in vain: the wines are getting tastier, and thanks to the joint efforts of experts and locals, olive groves and vegetable gardens have returned to the estate. For Sting's family and tenants, the many charms of the chic villa are available. The heart of the estate is no exception. wine cellar. Guests can set the table there, thanks to the large storage area, and have tasting villas Il Palagio.

Video of Sting from Italy

Holidaying at Lee Galli in Positano, Sting performed the legendary "Englishman in New York" accompanied by two street musicians. About a year ago, the former Police frontman visited Lee Gully and became the hero of a small impromptu performance: two musicians playing mandolin and guitar played a tune recognized by everyone, and Sting was happy to sung. Interestingly, in New York, the singer recorded this particular track using a mandolin and a familiar New York guitarist.

In August 2018, Sting gave "home" concert at his villa Il Palagio. With a local band, the rock star performed his most brilliant hit "Every breath you take" for the estate's guests, and afterwards, like a gracious host, invited everyone to drink wine and enjoy the evening.

2017. Sting is back on the "home stage" of his estate, this time with a more telling song - "Message in a bottle". Soaked in longing, yet so lively, this composition has a direct link to the history of the villa: it was named in honor of this work one of the wines. Such a message will not leave even the loneliest Robinson Crusoe indifferent.

Photos of Sting's house in Italy

The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy
The home of Sting and his wife Trudi in Tuscany, Italy

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