George Clooney

Anyone who pays attention to this kind of thing (and lots of people who don’t) knows that George Clooney has a house on Lake Como in Italy.

He’s owned Villa Oleandra since 2002, and he actually resides there part of each year.

Brad Pitt

While most of what we found about Brad Pitt and Italy involved the rumors that he and Angelina Jolie were going to use pal

..George Clooney’s Lake Como villa as the site for their nuptials, there was also a reference or two to Pitt’s having bought his own villa in a town not far from Clooney’s place.

Sting

Among several other dwellings owned by the former Police frontman is Il Palagio in Tuscany. And while you may never be invited to share a meal with Sting and his family, you can pour his organic olive oil on your own ribollita and call it good.

Helen Mirren

After visiting Puglia to promote “The Queen,” Helen Mirren apparently was so taken with the area that she bought herself – you guessed it – a castle.

Frances Mayes

When you write a best-selling book about how you renovated a Tuscan farmhouse, the house becomes almost as much of a celebrity as you are.

That’s the case with Frances Mayes’ home in Cortona, Bramasole.

Mick Hucknall

While you may not recognize this name, you’d probably recognize the face – or at least the hair. Mick Hucknall is the lead singer of the band Simply Red, and it’s his trademark curly red locks that gave the band its name.

Jim Kerr

Taormina is popular with lead vocalists from U.K.-based bands with variations of the word “simple” in their names, apparently, because Jim Kerr –

..the lead singer for the Scottish band Simple Minds – not only lives in this Sicilian town, but he also runs a hotel there.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen has a palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice – He’s filmed movies in Venice, had films debut at the Venice Film Festival, married Soon-Yi in Venice.

Debi Mazar

You might cringe at the thought of a New York or New Jersey accent attempting Italian, but that’s what I picture when I think of Debi Mazar living in Tuscany.

Richard Branson

If I told you Virgin CEO Richard Branson had a home on Lake Como, would you think he was just trying to copy George Clooney?

Donatella Versace

The designer Versace, Donatella’s brother, once lived on Lake Como, and his Villa Fontanelle remained boarded up and unused for years after his death.

Michael Schumacher

The retired German race car driver lives primarily in Switzerland, but perhaps all those years spent behind the wheel of a Ferrari got into his blood.

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