180 guests help Nancy Dell'Olio celebrate her birthday in Puglia

180 guests help Nancy Dell'Olio celebrate her birthday in PugliaGetty

This weekend, 180 of Nancy Dell'Olio's closest friends and family gathered at the Borgo Egnazia Resort in Puglia, Italy to celebrate her birthday.

Nancy, who turned 50 on Saturday - although some question her claim that she was born on August 23, 1961 - was joined by guests including construction heir Hamish McAlpine and literary agent Ali Gunn.

The Borgo Egnazia is a luxurious resort with a spa, tennis courts, three swimming pools, private beach and cookery school.

Nancy is staying at the private villa, which boasts antique furniture, a spa, steam room, sauna and private bar - and is manned at all times by a team of personal staff.

The celebrations took place over three days and nights, beginning with cocktails by the pool on Thursday and ending at nightclub.

On Friday night there was a beach party with a live band and seafood and the celebrations peaked on Saturday with a gala dinner, serving some of Nancy's favourite dishes including caviar, lobster, crab and salad.

At midnight, Nancy was expected to perform her party trick of wandering through the party with a plateful of pasta, hand-feeding her favourite men.

Entertainment was provided by a 20 piece orchestra, Italian crooners and a Motown disco, followed by fireworks on the beach.

Instead of gifts, Nancy has asked her guests to make donations to the British Red Cross and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Although she has indicated that they are free to buy her as much Champagne as they like...

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180 guests help Nancy Dell'Olio celebrate her birthday in Puglia

Not so much a hotel as a selection of quirky rooms in a prince’s family home (it being exactly that!), Palazzo Belmonte sits in the pretty town of Santa Maria di Castellabate on a sandy beach that is still off the beaten track for most Brits making their summer trek in search of sun and pizza! To book, visit villa holiday specialist CV Travel.

Situated in the pretty-as-a-picture town of Ravello, the Caruso is an unashamedly lavish hotel has one of the best infinity pools in the whole country, with views across the Amalfi Coast. The food is as fabulous as the vista, making it the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Visit hotelcaruso.com

Rather than swelter in the centre of the city, this luxe, five-star property sits a 15-minute (free) shuttle bus ride away, with large pool, tennis courts, spa and pretty much everything else you need to keep the family amused (if they’ve got any energy left after a hard day’s sightseeing, that is). Visit romecavalieri.com

Italians have been flocking to the baths in Saturnia for centuries. Renowned for its healing waters, it now plays host to an award-winning spa hotel, and an appropriately wealthy clientele. Beware, the smell of sulphur takes some getting used to and this isn’t the place to bring children, but a few days in and those aches and pains will be a distant memory. Visit termedisaturnia.it/

Beyond chic, Casa Angelina is the ideal place for a long weekend break away from the kids. Anniversary? Special birthday? We’d celebrate all our special occasions here given half the chance. Little touches like personal notepad computers and Nespresso machines in the rooms get an extra thumbs-up. Visit casangelina.com

Lake Como needs no introduction but the touristy crowds can put some off visiting the area. No need with this fabulous but secluded retreat. There are just 12 rooms, many with romantic four-poster beds, however the services – including a wine bar, infinity pool and spa – are worthy of a far larger hotel. Visit relaisvillavittoria.it

Of course, if you’re whizzing between all these fabulous locations, you’ll need a suitably fabulous car. Or maybe you want to save all your pennies for the hotels. Either way, Rhino Car is one of the best value-for-month Italian car-hire firms we’ve found. Check out prices and car models at www.rhinocarhire.com.


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