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Lago di Como, Italy

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The Premises 

There are no bum notes at Passalacqua on the shores of Lake Como, a casa that rivals chez Clooney and was once the home of the composer Bellini. Staff have removed the word ‘no’ from their vocabulary, so meals can be wherever you want them, starting with a rose-garden breakfast. Beneath the villa, there are tunnels providing a secret escape route to the marina for anyone feeling especially dramatic. The seven acres include centuries-old cedars and magnolias and even the gym is in an olive grove. And, when you’re ready to drag yourself away (it may be a while), Beppe the boatman is waiting to set sail into the sunset.


"Via Besana 59 Moltrasio" Lago di Como, 22010Italy

Main staircase


Compliments of the House 

A signature cocktail each, plus a treat in your room on arrival. GoldSmiths will also get a cooking class with the chef (must be booked in advance)

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates usually include breakfast.


Free WiFi throughout, yoga classes, cinema nights, bocce court, clay tennis court, lake-facing gym in an olive grove and five free items of laundry. In rooms: Smeg kettle and Illy coffee machine, Bluetooth sound-system, free minibar with treats from the chef, TV and bespoke bath products.


The unabashedly opulent interiors may put the more weary items in your suitcase to shame – pack for late-18th-century splendour (without the periwigs).


Cots for under-threes and a sofa bed (available in certain categories) for one child under-13 are both free. Sofa beds for older kids are €220 a night. Babysitting can be arranged on request (sadly not with the hotel’s chick mascot, Paolino).


There are treatment rooms in the Palazz, plus a Turkish bath and sauna – but you’ll have to navigate a secret staircase and 300-year-old tunnel to find them. For something more modern, guests can book a Dr Barbara Sturm facial.


The third-biggest lake in Italy (not to mention the 11 fountains) may be beckoning, but the hotel’s waterside pool is just as refreshing.


The 18th-century building is not easily accessible for wheelchair users.
The musical maison is just as tuneful today – sound-systems in the rooms have three channels with Passalacqua playlists, one of which plays Bellini operas on loop, of course.


The rooms are set across three buildings: the main villa, the Palazz and Casa al Lago, whose four suites can be booked as a whole. Composers in need of inspiration should book the Bellini Suite and let the music play.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Guests can wander freely in and out of the relaxed restaurant’s kitchens to see what’s cooking (some all-Italian deliciousness undoubtedly). They want you to be able to enjoy their homegrown dishes whenever, wherever and however you’d like them – experiences to try include farm-to-table tasting menus or doing a bit of the cookery yourself.

Liquid Bliss 

There’s a mirrored bar in the villa with tables inside and out, and a pool bar overlooking the lake, too. Guests can also enjoy drinks in the library. It’d be rude not to toast the famous former resident with a peachy Bellini.

Experience the Extraordinary 

You could happily while away your time here in the 18th century, with the villa’s Murano chandeliers, frescoes, winter garden and grand staircases for authentic company – swimming in the pool, walking in the woods, playing tennis or bocce, or practising yoga under the magnolia trees. But lakeside towns worth leaving the grounds for include Como, a 20-minute drive south, and Bellagio, a little further north and best reached by boat. Rent a Riva to cruise the lake or, for less glamour, catch the ferry. Guests can also head over to sister property Grand Hotel Tremezzo for a treatment in its T Spa Suite, which has its own hot tub, sauna and steam bath; or, back at Passalacqua, pick something in the garden and cook it with the chef.


The hotel is on the south-west shores of Lake Como, close to the Swiss border and near the comune of Moltrasio.


Milan’s three airports are all within driving distance: Malpensa is 40 minutes away, Linate is a 50-minute drive and the journey to Bergamo should take an hour and 15 minutes. Hotel transfers can be arranged to and from all of these hubs, starting from €190 each way.


The nearest train station is Como San Giovanni, a 10-minute drive away from Passalacqua. Hotel transfers cost from €50.


The preferred mode of transport in Como is by boat, but if you have come by car there’s free valet parking.


The hotel has its own dock for guests arriving by (preferably Riva) boat and there’s a helipad nearby in the village.


"Via Besana 59 Moltrasio" Lago di Como, 22010Italy

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