Italy’s Renaissance jewel on Lake Como
For stunning scenery and dramatic vistas, the astonishing Lake Como is in a class all its own. And no luxury property exemplifies glamor and luxe on the lake better than the exclusive Villa d’Este.
Bedecked in flowers, accented with fountains and surrounded by lush formal gardens, the Villa d’Este was built in the 16th century as a cardinal’s residence. After several centuries of various royal and eccesiastical ownership, the villa was converted into a hotel in 1873. The Villa d’Este is the height of gracious hospitality and the interiors are characterized by elegant furnishings, opulent brocades, frescoed ceilings and marble bathrooms.
The Villa d’Este has an outstanding spa with an indoor pool adjacent to tennis and squash courts. Outdoors, a heated swimming pool floats atop the lake.
Three restaurants cater to a guest’s every mood: the more formal Veranda restaurant specializes in Italian haute cuisine; a casual dinner-only grill and a Japanese restaurant.
Location: Via Regina, 40 | Cernobio, Lake Como 22012, Italy; 45 minutes from Milan Malpensa International Airport.
Luxury style: The Villa d’Este is a tranquil getaway in every sense of the word. The beauty and peacefulness of the Lake Como rejuvenates and refreshes. Add in spa treatments, relaxation in the Turkish baths, a dip in the heated pool within the lake and attentive service to any request. The Villa d’Este is not a base for exploration elsewhere, but will invite contemplation within.
What we’ve heard: Visitors cite the Villa d’Este as one of the romantic spots in the world.