Italian Romances for the Stars

Italian Romances for the Stars

Blame it on Eat Pray Love, the inspirational travelogue from author Elizabeth Gilbert, now a movie starring Julia Roberts.  People around the world have vicariously fallen in love with the countries Gilbert visited.  Though she portrayed Italy as the country of fine dining and pleasure, it seems that more than one famous couple considers Italy to be the country of love.

First are Kate Moss, 36, and her fiancé, 40-year-old musician Jamie Hince.  Romance itself is nothing new to the model who is constantly embroiled in one tabloid fiasco or another and Hince, frontman of the band The Kills.  The two were introduced at a concert of his by actress Sadie Frost.  Hince reportedly stepped up their explosive romance on Moss’s birthday by flying to the Caribbean and proposing.

How does the romantic backdrop of Italy factor in?  The couple have holidayed there for two weeks, side-by-side taking in such marvels as the Palio annual horse race in Siena.  While on this holiday, and for the first time, both Moss and Hince have been spotted wearing left-hand rings.  No nuptials have been confirmed by their spokespeople, but that famous accoutrement of marriage – the golden band – would hint these two have been swept up in Italian romance.

In the city Portofino, it would appear that Kiefer Sutherland and his girlfriend of two years, Siobhan, may have also caught the spirit of Italian romance.  The 43-year-old, twice-divorced actor and Siobhan – style director for Allure magazine – were photographed during their holiday in picturesque Portofino looking very much in love.  And possibly engaged.  The picture, snapped during a meal the couple enjoyed together, reveals Siobhan sporting what seems to be a diamond ring on that finger.

While Sutherland’s romantic history differs in intensity and scandalous nature from that of Kate Moss, it is no secret that both celebrities have experienced their fair share of disappointments and do-overs.  It could be that the lush artistic nature (not to mention dishes fit for hedonists) of Italy inspires not only romance, but renewed hope in success.