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Oct. 2: Rock star and celebrity landlord Sting was born on this day in 1951

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Sixty-two years ago today, a squalling Gordon Thomas Matthew Sumner entered the world. That world would come to know him better as Sting -- a nickname he earned when he wore a black-and-yellow striped sweater to a gig.

Besides his rather successful career in music, Sting has recently become a landlord of sorts as well. One of his seven homes is Il Palagio, a 16th century Tuscan villa south of Florence, Italy, that he and his wife, Trudie Styler, restored and use as a summer retreat. (It's also now an active farm where they produce honey, olive oil and "biodynamic" wine.) Earlier this year they began offering the estate for rent -- possibly to offset new Italian property taxes.

On the occasion of Sting's birthday, we're taking a look at the beautifully restored estate, which is now available for vacations or for weddings and other special events. The 865-acre estate consists of a main villa, three smaller houses, and two more large villas at a distance; the grounds include forest areas, a lake, stables, a swimming pool, a recording studio (of course) and a yoga center (ditto). Weekly rates start at 4,000 euros, or just shy of $5,500 at today's exchange rates.

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

(Via Il Palagio's website)

Click here to see another of Sting's homes: Lake House in Wiltshire, England, on the Architectural Digest website.

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