In the 21st century, with communications technology advancing at warp speed, leaders of nations can communicate with each other almost effortlessly. The role of ambassador, once so vital to these communications, has become more ceremonial, social and pro forma. But, at least for some ambassadors to Washington, it can be a very grand life. Just regard the photo above of Villa Firenze, the grace and favor home to Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant' Agata. Not bad digs at all for company housing. We're talking acres upon acres of beautiful lawn, a mansion with dozens of rooms, and a large pool, and gardens, and guest houses. Once upon a time it was home to the Guggenheims.
Imagine attending a late spring lawn party there. Read on in my New York Social Diary column today here.