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Villa Ca­sua­r­ina’s death-de­fy­ing beauty

Built in the 1930s, Villa Ca­sua­r­ina evokes the life of Ver­sace be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter Gianni. The third most pho­tographed home in the United States be­hind Grace­land and The White House, Villa Ca­sua­r­ina has the du­bi­ous honour of be­ing the ex­trav­a­gant set­ting of the sala­cious mur­der of the fash­ion icon.

Orig­i­nally built by the heir to The Stan­dard Oil for­tune, Alden Free­man was also a de­scen­dant of the Mayflower, who en­joyed trav­el­ling the world and a fas­ci­na­tion with the life of Christo­pher Colum­bus. He dreamed of creat­ing a Bo­hemian so­ci­ety from Coral Gables to Co­conut Grove, al­ways invit­ing peo­ple he met from around the world to stay with him.

The man­sion’s un­speak­able op­u­lence re­flects Gianni Ver­sace’s ge­nius, in­clud­ing two rooms made out of seashells and an­other fea­tur­ing en­tire walls cov­ered with de­tailed mo­saics. Unique suites in­clude the

Aviary Suite which fea­tures an ex­trav­a­gant world of hum­ming­birds and par­rots with a pri­vate ter­race, the Em­pire Suite de­pict­ing scenes of the Ot­toman Em­pire, and the Azure Suite dec­o­rated in rich creams and blues. All suites fea­ture larger-than-life mu­ral-cov­ered walls and lav­ish tex­tures.

Lounge in the Mo­saic Gar­den at the in­cred­i­ble mo­saic swim­ming pool lined with 24-karat gold, which high­lights Ver­sace’s Me­dusa logo cre­ated by ar­ti­sans in his home­town of Cal­abria, Italy and shipped in seg­ments for the con­struc­tion of the 54-foot pool in Mi­ami. En­joy Gianni’s for a beau­ti­ful Sun­day brunch or din­ner un­der the stars for the most lux­u­ri­ous glimpse into the set­ting’s glam­orous past and South Beach’s best Mediter­ranean cui­sine. vm­mi­

Op­po­site page, Casa Ca­sua­r­ina Court­yard From top, Casa Ca­sua­r­ina in­cred­i­ble mo­saic swim­ming pool deck & up­per ter­race; mo­saic swim­ming pool lined with 24-karat gold, fea­tur­ing Ver­sace’s Me­dusa logo; Ver­sace Man­sion Venus Suite Bed­room

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