Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, are currently in New York (on their slightly delayed holiday) shooting for Rensil D’ Silva’s film. They finish in a few days after which Saif plans to whisk Kareena off on a 10-day luxury (is there any other kind for Bollywood’s hottest?) holiday in Italy’s exclusive resort the 16th century Villa D’Este, on the shores of Lake Como in Cernobbio! Don’t you just hate them?!
Psst… I hear, “Kareena has not been keeping well so Saif decided it was time for her to take a break. He called their business manager Zahid and canceled all her work commitments for the next two weeks. Except for a brief Swiss holiday in Christmas, the actress has been busy with her films, shows and endorsements for a major part of the year. Kareena also some big releases coming up this year including Karan Johar’s home productions directed by Rensil D’Silva and the one with Kajol and Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots.” So Saif has made all the travel arrangements. It will be their first time in Florence. Seeing Michelangelo’s paintings in Florence is also a part of the itinerary. The source adds, “Although it is super-expensive, that was not an issue. Saif feels it’s a well-deserved break and wants to make the trip special. Last time, he had booked an entire chalet in the Swiss Alps. Saif has made Bebo understand the importance of balancing her private and professional life. She won’t be taking any phone calls during the holiday. It’s all about fun.”
Kareena confirms, “Yes, it’s true Saif and I are shortly leaving for our Italian holiday soon but it’s private and I wouldn’t like to divulge the details of our stay.”
The villa has housed celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Greta Garbo, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable, Eddie Murphy, Liza Minelli, Sylvester Stallone and Bing Crosby.
Alfred Hitchcock shot his first movie The Pleasure Garden here.
The Villa d’Este was built in 1509. From 1550 to 1572, when the villa was nearing completion, Cardinal d’Este created a palatial setting surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden in the late-Renaissance style, which took full advantage of the dramatic slope but required innovations in bringing a sufficient water supply, which was employed in cascades, water tanks, troughs and pools, water jets and fountains, giochi d’acqua. The result is one of the series of great seicento villas with water-play structures in the hills surrounding the Roman Campagna.