Villa Passalacqua, lake Como, ItalyLaglio, Como, Italy
With notable guests including Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, alongside numerous current heads of state, world-class athletes, actors or artists, Villa Passalacqua is stablished as a outstanding and inspiring property on the shore of lake Como. The land where this stunning property is built was originally owned by Pope Innocent XI. Constructed in the 18th century by Count Andrea Luccini-Passalacqua, who hired famous Swiss architect Felice Soave and designer Giocondo Albertolli, whose frescoes painted on ceilings and walls we can enjoy today, this villa will delight by its opulence and details.
One of the many features which makes this property unique, are its underground stone tunnels. Which in some cases are 30th feet high, these tunnels run from underneath the Villa Passalacqua to the lake’s shore with spectacular stone rooms and walkways. These marvelous tunnels allows guests to enjoy the lake and the private marina without need to leave the property.
The villa’s simple symmetrical exterior contrasts with the ornate interior, as conceptualized by Soave. The elaborate finishes start at the entrance, with large, beautiful bronze doors crafted in the early 1800s leading to the main wooden door – built and signed in 1727. Visitors will delight in opulently furnished rooms, carefully preserved in period details from the Cotto Lombardo, Seminato, and dark antique wood floors to the intricately painted ceilings. Artistic treasures include frescoes painted by Andrea Appiani, who was Napoleon’s chief artist when he was briefly the King of Italy in the early 1800’s, and a stunning fireplace from the 1500’s that bears the Coat of Arms of the Luccini Passalacqua family. One of the outstanding and awe inspiring features of the property are the stone underground tunnels. These tunnels run from underneath the Villa Passalacqua to the lake’s shore with spectacular stone rooms and walkways that are in some cases are 30 feet high. This stunning gallery of tunnels is a visual splendor and would not be economically justifiable in the modern age. These spectacular tunnels allow Villa Passalacqua guests to enjoy the private marina and the lake without ever having to leave the property.
The Villa Passalacqua gardens are considered some of the most historic, beautiful and well-maintained in all of Lake Como. This private oasis overflows with native flora that delights the senses in all four seasons. Stroll through rows of roses, gallivant though an olive tree grove, and indulge in the freshest fruits and vegetables from the Tuscan and vegetable gardens. This series of interlinking gardens, private hideaways, and fountains is truly enchanted. The villa is thoughtfully designed to facilitate enjoyment of the views of the courtyard grounds and stunning lake views.
LAKE COMO, ITALY
Located in the northern region of Italy near Milan, Lake Como is rich in historical and cultural heritage, as well as breathtaking natural beauty. Magnificent ridges loom over the waters of a crystal clear lake, and fresh mountain air lends to a fine and favourable climate. Villa Passalacqua is situated in the heart of Moltrasio, a picturesque town frequented by artists and creatives for centuries and widely regarded as being one of the very best locations on the lake, a short distance from the Villa d’Este, frequently cited as one of the top ten hotels in the world. Stroll through the charming cobblestone streets and along the lakeside promenade, where there are numerous bars, shops and restaurants to get lost in, to boating across the lake in a classic Italian Riva, living the romance of “la dolce vita”. Moltrasio is home to Villa Versace of the late Gianni Versace, and many notable guests throughout the ages have stayed in the village, with both Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill, during his retreat after the conclusion of World War II in September of 1945, having stayed in the Villa Passalacqua. From here, you can reach the city of Como in 10 minutes, Milan in under an hour, and Lugano, Switzerland in just twenty minutes.
Milan is the fashion capital of the world, home to the glorious opera house of La Scala and two of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world, the San Siro football stadium, home to Club Internazionale and A.C. Milan, and Monza motor racing circuit. Lugano is a pretty picture postcard town and one of Europe’s leading wealth management centres. With its tradition of art and architecture, as well as easy access to some of the premier ski resorts in the world including St. Moritz, Zermatt, Mont Blanc and the Dolomites, along with some of the finest shopping and dining Europe has to offer, it’s easy to see why this unspoiled region of spectacular villages and villas, grand mountains, blue waters, and charming shops and restaurants, is second to none.
Milan is served by an two international and transcontinental airports, both less than an hour door-to-door from Moltrasio. A little over half an hour away is Lugano Airport, a regional Swiss airport, but one of the busiest private jet destinations in Europe.
● €100,000 Bidder Deposit Required
● Total Built | 4,365 sqm (46,984 sqf), with 873 sqm (9,397 sqf) to be restored
● Villa Passalacqua | 2,462 sqm (26,500 sqf) | 14 bedrooms in 9 suites | 9 full, 3 half bathrooms
● Villa Passalacqua Attic | 320 sqm (3,444 sqf)
● Pus Palaz (property on the back) | 1,129 sqm (12,152 sqf)
● Villa Bellini | 454 sqm (4,886 sqf) | 6 bedrooms in 4 suites | 4 full, 2 half bathrooms
● Swimming Pool area | 75 sqm (807 sqf)
● Greenhouse Area | 75 sqm (807 sqf)
● Greenhouse Area near the swimming pool | 106 sqm (1,141 sqf)
● Total Land | 4.28 acres (1.735 hectares) (17,354 sqm) of formal gardens, including private dock and marina1,530 sqm (16,469 sqf) of astonishing brick built cellars and underground tunnels lining the main house to the private dock 93 sqm (1,001 sqf) caretaker’s apartment, garages, laundry and other rooms
● Villa Passalacqua bedrooms | 9 matrimonial beds; 2 sets of twin beds; 3 single beds; All have high, carved ceilings, antique floors, and spectacular bathrooms; Filled with antique furniture, Persian rugs, Venetian chandeliers, and beautiful art; Some bathrooms have Philippe Starck-designed wash basins, bathtubs, and W/Cs while other have antique French and English large trough bathtubs and ornate washtubs
● Music Room | 30ft high ceilings; Albertolli frescoes; Stunning views of lake
● Large children’s playroom next to the music room | Small children’s playroom next to the kitchen
● Kitchen | Subzero refrigerators; Wine coolers; Viking and Gaggeneau ovens, grills, and ranges; 4 disposals; 2 dishwashers, Vegetable and fish steamer; Fryer; Verona marble countertops; Richly decorated, hand-carved wooden cabinets; Two 8-foot high stone fireplaces, original to the villa, bear the Passalacqua family emblem
● Dining room | 16 marble columns; Fresco above the dining room table painted by Andrea Appiani, Europe’s foremost neoclassical artist at the turn of the 19th century
Tuscan dining room | Casual; Filled with period Tuscan furniture; Separate sitting area with marble fireplace; Television
Den | Computer and internet connection
● Billiards room | Hand-carved English Snooker table
● Cinema room | Large screen; Cinema quality sound system; Exquisite mahogany bar with fireplace
● Exercise room | Stereo system; Television; Weights; Glidex; Stair stepper; Punching bag; Antique, decorative wood floors; Carved ceiling; Views of lake and the mountains
● Interior details | Ceilings on public rooms and bedrooms are ornately decorated and painted | Floors are a mixture of Cotto Lombardo, Seminato, and dark antique wood
● Gardens | Rose gardens; Stunning flowering plants; Different and beautiful themes to each of the terraces
● Swimming terrace | Filled with lemon and olive trees; Incredible views of Lake Como; Santʼ Agataʼs 12th century bell tower overlooking the pool; 200-year-old greenhouse; 11 working fountains
● Outdoor play area for children | Wooden slide, swing set, and rope climb
● Dock area | Encased in antique Moltrasio stone both on the walls and on the steps leading to the water; Filled with roses, creeping jasmine and oleander
● Villa Bellini bedrooms | 4 European king-sized beds; 1 set of twin beds; 1 single bed; 4 bedrooms have ensuite baths; All have lake views
● Villa Bellini décor | Fine antiques and elegant Italian designer furniture
● Villa Bellini sitting room | Stereo; Fireplace overlooking the lake
● Villa Bellini kitchen | Large, modern and airy; Elegant stainless steel appliances; Antique Tuscan eating table
● Villa Bellini features | Cable TV; Mobile and ﬁxed telephone; Computer and broadband internet connection