Friday, September 19, 2008
Style File: Casa Tours
Chances are you've probably pressed your face against the gates of the old Versace mansion in South Beach trying to get a glimpse inside. For the first time ever, the public is being allowed to tour the mysterious mansion now known as Casa Casuarina. Seven's Belkys Nerey takes us behind the gates in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- Snapping, posing, peaking through the mysterious gates of the old Versace mansion. It's been the only way for most of us common folk to see Ocean Drive's most infamous residence.
Elisa Brinkworth: "People stand outside that gate everyday. As you may know, we have the second most photographed house behind the White House."
The mansion was made famous after the murder of Gianni Versace on the front steps of the mansion in 1997. Exclusive, because for the last eight years it's been a private invitation-only club. But this house has more history to tell, so, for the first time, the doors to Casa Casuarina are open to the public.
Elisa: "The owner thought it would be a treat for locals and tourists to take a piece of the magic with them."
Fifty bucks buys you the "Casa Experience," a 45-minute tour filled with fast facts about the house's rich past and dish on the celebs who've stayed and played there.
Elisa: "This was actually Madonna's favorite suite while she used to visit Versace back in the day."
You'll wander through the courtyard and into the rooms of the house filled with murals and frescos.
Abygayl Carpio: "It's breathtaking. You're literally surrounded by art."
Gisela Gonzalez: "I like that Moroccan room. It's absolutely beautiful."
You'll also peak into the swanky suites that can run up to $10,000 a night and dream about the pool soirees held at this party palace.
Igor Misic: "I can totally see myself in that swimming pool, surrounded by naked girls. They don't have to be naked actually."
Plus, who can pass up photo ops like sitting on this pricey toilet.
Igor Misic: "This is a $10,000 toilet, all marble, gold-plated."
For some extra cash, you can eat breakfast or lunch at Casa's new restaurant.
Igor Misic: "We are opening our doors on a more public level to give a sneak peak into the restaurant that should be launching later on this fall."
So no more peering through the gates. Their casa is now su casa.
You will need to make reservations. The tours run each day at 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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