Inspired by the Italian tradition of la villeggiatura, when noble families would decamp from the city for long summer seasons of rest and relaxation, Passalacqua is an immaculate and immersive window to another world. Enveloped by verdant manicured gardens on the shores of Lake Como, this 18th-century palazzo gives modern-day visitors a tantalising glimpse into Italy’s indulgent past.
Passalacqua’s elevated position provides it with some of the best views on the lake, giving you a front-row seat to a kaleidoscopic palette of colours and moods. The interiors are every bit as dazzling. Soaring spaces of gleaming marble and intricate stucco are festooned in shimmering Como silk taffeta curtains and lit by ornate candelabras of Murano glass. Dotted throughout are artworks and antiques lovingly gathered from across Italy, all perfectly positioned in their stunning new home.
Accommodation comes in three distinct flavours at Passalacqua. The Villa sits at the heart of the property, with 12 rooms and suites each dressed in their own opulent style. One of the highlights is the Suite Bellini – named after the celebrated operatic composer and former guest – which boasts gleaming chandeliers, a grand piano and stunning lake views. Separated from the Villa by a peaceful courtyard, the Palazz’s eight rooms combine rustic rough-hewn beams with luxurious fabrics and handmade silk wallpaper, creating a one-of-a-kind country house ambience that envelops every guest. For the finest in waterside living, there’s also Casa al Lago, positioned right at Lake Como’s edge. Airy and filled with natural light, its four rooms can also be booked exclusively to create a private enclave for larger parties.
Dining at Passalacqua is not bound by strict rules and timetables. In the spirit of la villeggiatura, it’s instead an innovative and relaxed approach to the best in Italian gastronomy. Tuck into freshly baked maritozzo buns at breakfast, enjoy lazy lunches at the Double J pool bar pavilion and gourmet evening meals in the frescoed Sala Ovale, all punctuated by spontaneous culinary experiences like wine tastings and pasta making classes.
Couples and romantics
Groups of family and friends
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take a glamorous jaunt across Lake Como in Passalacqua’s stylish retro boats
Absorb the ever-changing lake views from the expansive gardens and swimming pool
Unearth the secrets of northern Italian cuisine in Passalacqua's open kitchen
Work off the excesses with a competitive game of tennis on the clay courts
Rejuvenate with a blissful treatment in the spa or unwind with a peaceful lakeside yoga session
Enjoy classic movies under the stars at the magical open-air cinema
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Meander through the atmospheric streets of Moltrasio
Immerse yourself in high drama with an unforgettable visit to the Teatro Sociale Opera House
Sample a mouth-watering gelato from the charming Gelateria Le Giuggiole
Hop across the water to lively Como, with its eclectic selection of independent shops and restaurants
Spend a day in Italy's fashion capital of Milan and marvel at its grandiose cathedral
CELEBRATE IN STYLE:
Perfect for a romantic anniversary or honeymoon getaway, days at Passalacqua involve romantic trips across the lake and leisurely dinners in the picturesque gardens.
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