Charming waterfront property with opulent interiors and amazing gardens perfect for romantic weddings
Dating from 1700, this luxury Lake Como villa was originally the property of Count Passalacqua who had inherited it from a Papal family. The famous composer, Vincenzo Bellini, once lived here for four years and inspired by the beauty of the place, wrote some of his most beautiful operas, such as Norma and Sonnambula. Other famous people who have lived here are Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte, to name just a few.
This five-star property extends from the village of Moltrasio all the way down to the lake shore and has amazing gardens with beautiful fountains and plants. Guests at this luxury historic villa can spend a memorable family holiday or a one-of-a-kind wedding or event.
The impressive property boasts a large swimming pool surrounded by lemon and olive trees. There is also a beautiful greenhouse. The property ends at the lake shore where its beautiful dock can be found: the walls and the steps leading to the water are constructed of antique Moltrasio stone and the whole area is adorned with roses, creeping jasmine and oleanders.
The juxtaposition of the property’s simple exterior design and the beautifully decorated and painted interior with its elaborate ceilings and Venetian chandeliers is altogether charming. The floors are a mixture of cotto lombardo, seminato, and dark antique wood and around every corner, guests will be delighted by the antiques, sculptures and amazing paintings.
The oval dining room has marble floors and boasts a beautiful fresco by Andrea Appiani, a famous neoclassical artist. The living area has a marble fireplace and lovely views.
The fully equipped kitchen with wine coolers and all the modern amenities has beautifully decorated, hand-carved wood furnishings. The most prominent feature of the kitchen are the two original stone fireplaces that still bear the Passalacqua family emblem.
On the ground floor, Villa Passalacqua features a billiards room with a hand-carved English snooker table. There is plenty to do at the villa, should guests want to spend their evenings indoors – they can watch a movie in the cinema, which houses one of the villa’s most incredible fireplaces and an exquisite mahogany bar, or stay active in the workout room with views over the lake and the mountains. There is something for every taste.
All the nine suites in the main villa Passalacqua are uniquely decorated, and boast high and carved ceilings, antique floors and luxurious bathrooms. The guest house, villa Bellini, features four bedrooms.
There is art and culture everywhere you look – there is a beautifully restored antique piano that was once in the Leipzig Concert Hall. It is now in the spectacular music room with its 30-foot-high ceilings, Albertolli frescoes and stunning views of the lake.
This luxurious property is perfect for groups of friends or large families with children, as there is a beautiful children’s play area with wooden slide, swings and ropes. There is also a large children’s play room on the first floor next to the music room and a small children’s play room next to the kitchen, so the little ones will have plenty of entertainment while at the property. The villa and its exquisite gardens are also perfect for hosting weddings or corporate events.
AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS: The maximum capacity for events is of 250 people in the gardens (with a marquee or not depending on the type of reception requested) or 150 people inside (if seated, the reception would be planned in three connecting dining rooms). Fees apply.
NB: Villa Passalacqua is closed for renovations during 2020, due to reopen May 2021.
VILLA PASSALACQUAFirst FloorSuite Laura (two guests) is the most spectacular suite in the villa. It boasts a corner position, offering magnificent views of the lake to the north and the south. The entire suite is wood panelled and painted decoratively, reflecting the villa’s eighteenth-century origins. In the bedroom, there is an original large marble fireplace and the en-suite bathroom has a bathtub with shower and a separate shower.
Suite Delle Bambine (two guests) features one bedroom and a separate cozy living area. A private bathroom features a bathtub.
Suite Della Nonna (two guests) offers beautiful views of the lake and the swimming pool. It has beautifully restored wood floors, Zoffany wallpaper and valuable paintings and antiques. This suite has a separate sitting room and lovely bathroom with antique Rotterdam WC and steel English bathtub with shower.
Suite Camilla (two guests) has beautiful views of the mountains and of Moltrasio. The bedroom has antique wood floors and is decorated with Colefax and Fowler wallpaper. The bathroom has a steel and porcelain antique English bathtub and skeleton shower encased in crystal glass.
Second FloorSuite Bisbino (two guests) faces the mountains and the village, it has Zoffany wallpaper and a bathroom with a beautiful steel-plated antique English bathtub.
The Sant'Agata suite (two guests) has a sitting room and a bedroom. The bathroom features a shower and separate bathtub with shower. The suite has ceilings with beautiful carvings of musical instruments and enchanting views of the lake and swimming pool.
The Bellini Suite (two guests) which is situated at a corner of the second floor with enviable views of the lake to the north and the south, is 576 square feet in area. The bedroom has an ornately painted wrought-iron queen-sized bed and, like the other suites, is filled with antiques and beautiful art. The bathroom is fit for royalty – it features Lombardy floors, Siena marble tops, a shower and a large Jacuzzi bathtub.
Suite Norma (two guests), like the other lake-facing bedrooms, has stunning views and beautifully decorated ceilings and doors. The suite has a Lombardy cotta floors. The suite’s bathroom is outfitted with a Philip Starck bathtub, washbasin and toilet.
Suite Sonnambula (two guests) has a large bedroom and equally large sitting room that faces the mountains and the village of Moltrasio. The sitting room has a marble fireplace and antique writing desk. The bedroom has a beautiful antique Pugliese king-size bed and opulent antique furniture. The bathroom contains a Philip Starck designer bathtub, washbasin, and toilet. The bathroom features fabulous views of Lake Como.
VILLA BELLINIFirst Floor 1 bedroom with private bathroom featuring combined bathtub and shower 1 bedroom with private bathroom featuring walk-in shower
Ground Floor 1 bedroom with private bathroom featuring walk-in shower 1 bedroom with living area and bathroom featuring combined bathtub and shower
The property is very close to the entertainment provided by the lower Moltrasio, restaurants and marina and within easy reach of upper Moltrasio where guests can taste fine delicacies, visit the charming little shops, or visit the cathedral. Moltrasio is considered one of Lake Como's most beautiful and elegant villages.
Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times, and is now a very popular tourist attraction with many cultural jewels in its villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Carlotta). Many celebrities have (or have had) homes on the shores of Lake Como, which is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.
A wide range of activities are available in close proximity to the resort: heated floating pool, golf, jogging, swimming, water skiing, sailing, canoeing, diving, trekking, cycling, bird watching, seaplane trips, private boat trips, excursions, tours, theatre visits, museums, and the casino.
Nearby Como city: 10-minute drive Milan: 50-minute drive Lugano: 20-minute drive
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