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Moltrasio, Italy

Passalacqua

What’s the hotel in a nutshell?

A sparkling addition to the glittering array of Como’s premium properties, Passalacqua is a gem that blends history, charm and modernity in equal measures. This striking palazzo, constructed in 1787 by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua, has been meticulously transformed into a 24-room hotel that has successfully retained its essence of a private, refined home. Indeed, Passalacqua’s allure goes beyond its breath-taking location on the shores of Lake Como. Its enchanting history includes a colourful array of past visitors including Napoleon, Churchill, the composer Bellini and even extends to a connection with Rosemary Clooney’s nephew, a resident of a nearby village. What truly sets this place apart is the De Santis family’s vision for this palazzo – transforming it into a captivating blend of luxury and history, without losing the original homely appeal.

What are the rooms like?

The experience of staying at Passalacqua is nothing short of remarkable. With 12 rooms and suites within the main villa, each one showcases a distinct charm and character. Notably, the enormous Suite Bellini, named after the renowned composer who was a frequent guest and created two of his greatest works here, offers an impressive 250 square metres of opulence. This suite houses the Salla Della Musica with ornate frescoed ceilings and a grand piano, situated where Bellini’s reportedly once was. Beyond the main villa, the property extends to a tastefully repurposed stable block offering a further eight rooms and a spa area. Closer to the water, Casa al Lago encompasses a further four rooms that can be reserved in its entirety.

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What else?

The culinary scene at Passalacqua is a gastronomic treat in itself. Helmed by chef Mauro Verza, previously a private chef to some of Milan’s wealthiest families, dining here is designed to feel informal yet high-end. Beyond gastronomy, the hotel boasts five acres of manicured gardens adorned with fountains and water features, leading down to the lake where a private jetty and a vintage motor launch awaits. A heated pool, tennis and bocce courts and outdoor dining spaces providing stunning vistas, ensure a delightful, dreamy stay. The design, blending contemporary elements with a traditional Italianate Garden, combined with the interior filled with on-trend Milanese design and heritage-compliant restorations, completes the indulgent experience. As for exploration, a private access to Moltrasio, a scenic boat ride across the lake or a visit to Como’s city centre offer charming options to the discerning travellers.

What’s the region like?

Lombardy is a northern Italy region known for its rich history, stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture. Home to the bustling city of Milan, Lombardy boasts a wealth of impressive sights and must-visit destinations, including the stunning Lake Como, the historical city of Bergamo and the picturesque town of Mantua. The region is also famous for its delicious cuisine, including hearty meat dishes, creamy risottos and delectable cheeses like gorgonzola and mascarpone. What sets Lombardy apart, however, is its unique blend of tradition and modernity – a mix of old-world charm and cutting-edge innovation that can be seen in everything from its architecture and fashion to its thriving arts scene.

 

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Passalacqua
Via Besana, 59
Moltrasio
Italy

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Passalacqua
Via Besana, 59
Moltrasio
Italy

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Photography courtesy of Passalacqua

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