Located on Casa de Campo's property, Altos de Chavon looks like it’s stuck in a time warp. Perfect for a toga party, it’s an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village, replete with a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater. After some pathetic begging, I finally succeeded in getting the security guard to unlock the amphitheater’s gate. I mean, when else would I get to stand on the very stage where Santana once rocked Black Magic Woman and where Alicia Keys filmed part of her Karma video tapping on the ivories of a hot pink piano? I attempted to belt a tune myself – you’re lucky you weren’t there.
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In addition to an art gallery, an archaeology museum, and an art school affiliated with Parsons School of Design in New York, Altos de Chavon also has several great restaurants.