The seduction of heart-pounding history • Built by a cardinal in the 16th-century as a summer residence, these enchanting ten acres transformed into a luxury, family-run hotel in 1873, becoming a darling of European aristocracy. Set on the magically romantic shores of Lake Como, and considered one of the most beautiful examples of the 16th-century architecture, the villa designed by Pellegrino Pellegrini is surrounded by gorgeous private gardens which include the Nympheum by Pellegrini, as well as the Hercules Fountain and Telemachus Statue. 152 unique elegant rooms, all furnished in the Renaissance style, come equipped with every convenience where the grand vistas of Lake Como are echoed within the opulent interiors, featuring glittering Murano chandeliers and lavish staircases. Palatial rooms decorated in subtle shades reflect the palette of the lake and surrounds. Gorgeous terraces are adorned with statuary and mosaic artwork. A historical gem, you will enjoy discovering a variety of important artwork from the French school and Canova school with decorations by Andrea Appiani. Stay for a few weeks and view something different every day. Relax at The Sporting Club’s large indoor swimming pool, or enjoy the floating pool on the lake after a romantic hike over the grounds. Kick the romance up a notch with sailing and water-skiing adventures.
This page, from top, Opulent interiors and terrace views from Cardinal Suite Terrace; a view from Villa d’este Opposite from top, Loved by the glitterati, breathe the calm and secluded air at Villa Vittoria; Villa Vittoria takes its cue from an enchanting history of entertaining poets, writers, and world travellers