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Pier Luigi Loro Piana

Maria and Giacinta Ruspoli

Marisela Federici

Sailing For Week Of Fun
With Family And Friends

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Sandro Marinelli, courtesy of Loro Piana Milano Press Office

WO brothers, Sergio and Pier Luigi Loro Piana, of the legendary family of Italian clothiers, organized a week of sport, fashion and fun for family and friends.  First stop was Capri for the 50th anniversary of the Regata dei Tre Golfi, a 170-mile sailboat race named after the Gulfs of Pozzuoli, Gaeta and Salerno.

Pier Luigi captained his boat, the 84 ft. long "My Song," while his brother and their wives, Luisa and Laura Loro Piana, watched from their 101-foot companion boat, the Ziacanaia.

Spectators not staying on the dozen super-yachts moored in the harbor stayed in Capri's famous Grand Hotel Quisisana, where regulars include Tom Cruise and Michael Kors.

Next stop was Rome where the 73rd annual International Horse Show, Piazza di Siena, was held at the historic Villa Borghese.

The family watched the show from a white peony-filled tent. Among those stopping by were Marisela Federici, Maria and Giacinta Ruspoli, Alessandra Borghese, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Vittoria Windisch Graetz and Maili Zegna.

American Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler and opera director Joseph Lee watched as the Loro Piana team claimed three gold medals, plus one silver and one bronze.

Most of the international visitors stayed at The Hassler, an exclusive hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps, owned by Swiss hotelier Roberto Wirth, who personally greets every guest as they walk through the door. Recent guests included Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Hugh Grant, Madonna, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Bill Gates, Nicole Kidman and New York's own ChloŰ Sevigny and R. Couri Hay.

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