Fashion designer Gianni Versace may no longer be with us, but his over the top mansion on Miami's South Beach is still wowing guests more than a decade after his murder on the front steps.
The opulent home is now a hotel, restaurant and bar, where you can spot fashion plates and (curious visitors) sip a pricey drink.
The home, called Casa Casuarina, is as subtle as its former owner. Ir feels like Graceland meets the Hearst Castle in Corsica.
The home was built in the 1930s to resemble Christopher Columbus ancestral villa in the Dominican Republic. Versace spent about $40 million to turn it into his Ocean Drive retreat. It is packed with frescos, mosaics, sculptures, fountains, stained-glass, and even a solid marble toilet. The effect is overwhelming, which somehow I think the designer had in mind all the time.
I toured the mansion for $35, although the website says visits run $65. But you can also get a glance at the place just by ordering a drink at the bar or staying for dinner.
If you really want to go over the top though, you can spend the night in one of 10 rooms that once housed Versace’s guests. Like Madonna, Cher, and Elton John.
You’ll marvel at the Turkish shower for eight, and wonder about the wild parties that once took place at the home.