On the lauded shores of Lake Como, the Passalacqua Hotel brings with it an assurance and opulence not seen this side of the 18th century. Once the home of composer Bellini, it is ensconced in seven acres of lush gardens. Featuring fountains, vegetable patches, olive groves and centuries-old trees, its terraced design draws you down the levels to the lake that waits shimmering at its foot. The vibrant pool terrace is also the place to be, its statement parasols and bar housed in a 200-year-old greenhouse bringing extra chic vibes.
At the centre of it all is the villa itself which houses 12 of the 24 suites. Within is a Baroque idyll, replete with Murano glass chandeliers, resplendent frescos and grand staircases. Walls, floors and surfaces feature hand-picked antiques, paintings and carpets, adding to the authenticity of the experience. You’ll find the other 12 suites split between the Palazz, the former stable block, and the lakefront Casa al Lago. All suites are unique and sublime, full of exquisite detail, marble bathrooms and every conceivable comfort.
The unique approach to dining invites guests to enjoy Italian delicacies when, where and just the way they like. A variety of relaxed dining spaces both indoors and out make for a farm-to-table exclusive experience. There is also easy access to the trattorias in the surrounding towns, like Moltrasio and Bellagio, where there is also plenty of history and culture to explore – just ask Beppe, the boatman, to drop you there.