Following in the footsteps of George Clooney at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como in Bellagio
Also starring Chef Ettore Bocchia
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been in the same family for generations and it is the most authentic of all Italian palaces, perfectly capturing the magic of Lake Como. This charming establishment is a perfect spot from which one can depart on a journey (either on foot or by boat) through the nearby fishing villages, Patrician villas and lush gardens that surround Lake Como. Ever since 1873, the hotel has become an increasingly sought-after luxury tourist destination. Throughout the years, many stars, actors and stylists have visited the place alongside hordes of regular tourists. It has 95 guest rooms and two restaurants, including the Mistral*, which is located on a beautiful lakeside terrace. But wait, there’s more: a private beach, a luxurious 2-hectare lakeside park and a spa by Biologique Recherche, the French expert in providing customized cares and a clinical approach to beauty. The spa features exquisite treatments that use the purest of ingredients and follows unique and strict protocols built on a reputation of effectiveness. What better way to follow a nice gourmet meal than a nice little face care?
As for the village itself, Bellagio was included in the Italian Historical Monuments list and has managed to preserve its authenticity and by-gone charm, featuring a maze of alleyways, colorful houses and old streetlights, as well as a swarm of old gardens that mirror the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Its unique geographical position allows guests to experience unique views over the snow-covered mountains that descend all the way into the yacht-filled lake below. Located a mere 10 minutes by foot from the hotel, the villas that surround Lake Como stand tall as symbols of the power and wealth of the great families, welcoming tourists into this typical Italian paradise. Must-see attractions: The Gardens of Villa Melzi (Bellagio): A 19th century villa with an English-style garden featuring rhododendrons and a small blue lakeside kiosk. The villa formerly belonged to Comte Melzi d’Eril, Viceroy of Italy and friend of the Emperor, who used to come here and find inspiration before heading off to battle. Villa Serbelloni Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio: A magical terraced botanical garden filled with the charm of the good old days featuring multiple orchid trees and countless fruit trees. 15 minutes by boat from the hotel: Villa del Balbianello (Lenno): This villa was built in the 17th century on the site of an old monastery which belonged to Cardinal Visconti. It features many secret passages, a kitchen located inside the old church and a unique Chinese porcelain collection from the Tang Era. 40 groundskeepers are in charge with the maintenance of this pristine classical Italian garden. The inside of this private villa is filled with the artifacts of Comte Monzino, a famous Italian mountain climber and explorer, the first man who planted the Italian flag at the North Pole and on top of Mount Everest (1973). The villa was also used as a set for «A Month by the Lake», «Star Wars Episode II» and «Casino Royale». Villa Carlotta (Menaggio): The splendid gardens of Villa Carlotta, located on the opposite bank of Lake Como from the Grand Hotel, are famous for its azaleas and rhododendrons. The villa itself is a museum open to the public. George Clooney’s villa (Laglio): One might even come across the famous Hollywood celebrity in Laglio, as he owns a superb villa here.