POSITANO, ITALY - 13 SEPTEMBER 2018: A view of the entrance of Villa Tre Ville overlooking Positano, Italy, on September 13th 2018.
Villa Tre Ville was originally purchased in the 1920s by the Russian writer Mikhail Semenov. Later purchased by the Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli in the 1960s, the property was often visited by dancers, singers, writers, musicians, painters, actors and intellectuals from all over the globe. Among these artists were Liz Taylor, Maria Callas, Leonard Berstein, Laurence Olivier. In 2007 the villa was sold to the hotelier Giovanni Russo. In 2013 Robert Friedland announced that the company's Ivanhoe Italia LLC subsidiary has completed the acquisition of the Villa Tre Ville and that it would form part of an Ivanhoe group of international boutique hotels and villas, with other locations under development in Thailand and Japan.