Villa d’este

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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

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