Monday, January 12, 2009
For years, the iconic South Beach mansion best known as the place fashion designer Gianni Versace lived and died was open to only a privileged few.
But, slowly, 1116 Ocean Drive has opened its doors, first as an invitation-only private club, then allowing nonmembers to stay in its ornate rooms, and now to the masses - or at least anyone willing to plunk down $65 for a tour.
"It was just kind of a domino effect," said Elisa Brinkworth, a spokeswoman for Casa Casuarina, as the 26,000-square-foot estate is called. "The more people you let in, the more that wanted to come in."
The possibility of touring the villa and enjoying a meal there afterward - or, if you’re lucky, to stay in one of its suites - doesn’t come cheap. But it offers visitors a glimpse of a place long kept from the public. (Continue Reading-Source/Edge)