The stunning backdrop of the tranquil Lake Como possess a certain kind of magic; it must be the vision of the posh gardens engulfing it, the legends that haunted it, or the quaint properties lodged within the hedges, inviting one to create their own fairy-tale stories as they revel in century-old houses embellished with all kinds of luxury.
Villa Passalacqua is like so; the five-star property spans from the charming village of Moltrasio down to the lake’s shoreline, presenting guests with a private spectacle of the whimsical body of water – and so much more. More than a modern indulgence, the villa is a legacy of royalty; Swiss architect Felice Soave follows the footsteps of Count Passalacqua, the property’s former owner, by imbuing it with all sorts of extravagance.
Elaborate interiors, tall ceilings, lavish furniture, and sweeping decor fill the entire house, making every guest feel like a true king. Outdoors, the garden harmonises with the splendour of Lake Como, boasting of a swimming terrace clad with fragrant lemon and olive trees.
From here, one can view Sant’Agata’s 12th-century bell tower – one of the oldest churches in the city. Glorious fountains, detailed frescos and a lush cascade of flowering plants bring life into the gardens, wrapped inside Moltrasio stones that keep one’s stay private. thevillapassalacqua.com ◼
© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.