Lake Como, Italy

Passalacqua – one of Lake Como’s most spectacular private homes - opened its doors as a 24-suite retreat after three years of restoration. Standing above the village of Moltrasio, with 7 acres of terraced gardens, sweeping down to the lake’s shore, this 18th Century Villa is steeped in history, having played host to some of the world’s most brilliant minds in music, literature, art and politics from Napoleon Bonaparte to Bellini to Winston Churchill.

Rooms & Suites

The 21st Century iteration of Passalacqua will feature 24 suites spread across three accommodation offerings – each with their own distinctive character and charm.

The main historic residence, the Villa, features 12 sumptuous suites, which celebrate the grand Italian baroque style and original frescoes, including a double height balustraded music room, where Bellini played the piano. The Palazz or ‘ancient stables’, comprises 8 suites with centuries-old, exposed beam work, glossy damask walls and a striking spiral staircase.

Down by the lake, the intimate Casa Al Lago is ideal for exclusive use, with four suites, each appointed with a private garden – all sharing a beautiful dining area and fireplace.




Passalacqua will eschew formal dining areas for a relaxed ‘home away from home’ approach. Guests will be treated to authentic and simple Italian home cooking, using fresh ‘garden to table’ ingredients. House Executive Chef is truly a ‘chef di casa’. Guests are encouraged to visit the kitchens and speak to the team to discuss their menu for the day, bearing freshly foraged vegetables to contribute to the meal or partake in an ad hoc pasta making session. All are invited to choose their own location to dine within the property, whether that might be on one of the terraces, in the Rose Garden or down by the lake – staff will be on hand to set up tables accordingly, the idea is to have an extremely personalised dining experience.

A Spa will be located in what was the cow’s manager, with two treatment cabins offering Barbara Sturm treatments,  a relaxation area with columns and vaulted ceilings. A hidden humid area with sauna and steam bath is situated within the  secret tunnels of the villa.


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