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Passalacqua. A super-luxury property on the shores of Lake Como

By Friday, 29 July 2022 09:00

The new Passalacqua Hotel is a super-luxury property on the shores of Lake Como. Designed by Paolo, Antonella and Valentina De Santis, former owners of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, it opened its doors at the beginning of June after a lengthy restoration. 

The former home of Vincenzo Bellini 

Built in Moltrasio on Lake Como, on land originally owned by Pope Innocent XI, Villa Passalacqua was designed at the end of the 18th century, and became a meeting place for VIPs of the day, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill. In 1829 Vincenzo Bellini made it his home, and it is here that he composed two of his most famous operas: Norma and La Sonnambula.

Suites with frescoes, exposed beams and damask walls

Today the Passalacqua has reopened with 24 suites in three different buildings. The main residence, the Villa, has 12 suites that celebrate the opulence of Italian history with original frescoes, stuccowork and decorations. The eight suites in the Palazz are homely and refined, with centuries-old exposed beams and hand-painted damask walls.

Barbara Sturm treatments in the Spa

Just a few steps from the water, the Casa al Lago is ideal for exclusive use and has four suites, each with a private garden and lake views. The Palazz also houses the spa, which has a range of exclusive Barbara Sturm treatments, two massage rooms, an oriental-inspired relaxation area, and a wet area in the underground tunnel.

A swimming pool and solarium 

A 20-metre swimming pool was built during the renovations on the historic gardens. The solarium surrounding it and the lounge area created within the ancient Winter Garden were designed in collaboration with Jj Martin and are a meditative area and the perfect setting for morning yoga sessions.

Traditional cuisine from Chef Mauro Verza

There is also a gym in the olive grove, a clay tennis court with panoramic lake views and an outdoor cinema. Guests can also set sail from the pier on two of the family’s boats. The culinary offer, inspired by the simplest Italian traditions and based on fresh ingredients from the garden, is from Executive Chef Mauro Verza who has 25 years of experience helming kitchens for some of the most prestigious families in Milan.

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