Lake Como has been popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Now, it attracts just about anyone who enjoy the 'dolce far niente' or the 'bliss through doing nothing'.
Passalacqua - This historical private villa was a result of the enlargement of a property once owned by Pope Innocent XI, the Villa as we see it today was designed and built at the end of the 18th century by leading Milanese architect Carlo Felice Soave for Count Andrea Lucini-Passalacqua, scion of one of Moltrasio’s leading noble families.
After the last Lucini-Passalacqua count died without an heir in 1890, the property changed hands several times. Its owners included an Estonian baroness with a passion for fast cars and a reclusive Hungarian anthropologist, while among the Villa’s illustrious visitors were British prime minister Winston Churchill, the US President John F. Kennedy.
In 1925, The villa was also a set for Alfred Hitchcock's first movie 'The Pleasure Garden".
Finally, in 2018, Villa Passalacqua was acquired by the De Santis family, Lake Como natives and owners of the celebrated Grand Hotel Tremezzo. After a major three-year restoration project, Passalacqua threw open its doors to the world in June 2022, relaunching and renewing its historic vocation for hospitality.
Lake Como is only an hour’s drive from Milan, and fifteen minutes from the lively, cultured town of Como. Lake Como has been popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Now, it attracts just about anyone who enjoy the 'dolce far niente' or the 'bliss through doing nothing'.
The best season to visit this 24- rooms and villa? Every Season*
*Villa Passalacqua closes on from Early January to Early March