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In an incredible location in its private grounds in Moltrasio, Passalacqua offers a retreat away from the crowds when visiting Lake Como. Pope Innocent IX owned this lakefront land before Count Andrea Lucini Passalacque built a sprawling villa in the early 1800s complete with interiors courtesy of famed Swiss designer Giocando Albertolli.

Spread over three estates – the main villa, the Palazz (converted stables), and the four-bedroom Casa Al Lago with its own private gardens – the 24 rooms and suites are elegant in design with impressive views of the lake paired with stylish interiors and spacious bedrooms. Stepping inside is like travelling back in time to an opulent bygone era, with ornate Baroque furnishings such as original stuccowork, hand-painted wooden tables and gilded mirrors. For something special, opt for the Bellini suite – a grand double-height balustraded music room with Albertolli frescoes where Bellini composed.

There are excellent facilities here, from the terraced gardens that spill down to the water’s edge to the swimming pool shaded by vibrant parasols. The Palazz is home to a spa, but to find it you’ll have to navigate a series of underground tunnels. Here you can expect treatment rooms offering Dr Barbara Sturm facials alongside massages, a Turkish bath, and a sauna and steam room.

Passalacqua’s unique approach to dining invites guests to enjoy their Italian cooking wherever and whenever they like. Guests can wander freely in and out of the kitchen, while there are a variety of dining spaces around the property and its grounds for a truly farm-to-table experience. Enjoy the best local, seasonal ingredients, with Lombard dishes including risotto ossobuco.


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