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Former President Barack Obama Ventures to Italy For Both Business and Pleasure


barack-obama-1174489_960_720About half of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 make time for regular trips or vacations, and former President Barack Obama is no exception. After arriving in Milan on a private jet, he and his entourage took over two full floors of the Park Hyatt hotel, according to the Daily Mail. Just one presidential suite room costs nearly $10,000 per night.

Despite his luxurious accommodations, the former President traveled abroad for business purposes in addition to pleasure. Monday, he had a private meeting with Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy, and on Tuesday he spoke at the annual Seeds and Chips conference about climate change, which was sold out.

Next on his itinerary was a visit to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art gallery, which featured works by both Leonardo da Vinci and Caraveggio, and from there, he made a stop at the city’s cathedral.

After that, he got right back to business, attending a dinner hosted by the Institute for International Political Studies. Raising nearly 3 million euros for the Obama Foundation, or more than $3,250,000, the goal of the trip and the foundation is to help advance his project of “renewal and global progress.”

Of course, no trip to Italy is complete without making a trip to Tuscany. As one of the wine capitals of Italy, Tuscany produced nearly 3 million hectoliters of wine in 2015, and Obama retreated to the Borgo Finocchieto, a luxury 44-bed Tuscan villa, to enjoy the remainder of his stay. About 62% of vacationers say they would stay in a vacation rental because they have cheaper rates than hotels, but as the former President of the United States, money is probably the last thing Obama has to worry about.

The villa, complete with tennis courts, a pool, a private gym, and underground parking, was bought by John Phillips, a U.S. lawyer, in 2001. It had previously been abandoned by farmers in the 1960s. Wife and former First Lady Michelle Obama will reportedly accompany him at the villa as well.

However, the former President’s work is far from complete. Just last week, he announced his plans to construct a new presidential center in Chicago, which will bring about 1,500 jobs back to the city during construction alone. He and Michelle also plan to donate $2 million to help fund various programs aimed at providing young people with summer jobs. Ultimately, it’s safe to say that the job of a former President as gracious and generous as Obama is never truly done.