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Cernobbio - Lake Como - The Northern Lakes
Property ID: 9109
Sleeps: 25

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- Independent house
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Swimming pool

- 14 bedrooms
- 14 baths

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Villa Passalacqua is one of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como, owned for centuries by the most important Italian aristocratic families. It is located 3 km north of Cernobbio (between the famous villa d'Este hotel and George Clooney's villa). Restaurants and shops at walking distance.

The villa, redesigned by the famous architect Felice Soavi, has been frescoed by Andrea Appiani and from 1829 to 1833 was the residence of the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini who composed his opera 'La Sonnambula' here.

The ceilings in the public rooms as well as in the bedrooms are ornately decorated and painted. The floors are a beautiful mixture of Cotto Lombardo, Seminato, and dark antique wood.The Villa is filled with beautiful paintings, sculptures, rugs, tapestries and Venetian chandeliers.

Perfect for large parties, the property is surrounded by spectacular Italian-style gardens that include a large swimming-pool with unobstructed views of the lake.

The estate is made up of a main villa, about 2800 square meters in size and a guest house, 250 sqm in size, located in a separated area and completely independent from the main villa. The entire property was painstakingly restored and renovated in 2002 with detailed attention given to every room and feature.

Villa Passalacqua occupies three floors.

The ground floor is dedicated to the living and reception areas.

The dining room is an oval shaped room with 16 marble columns. The most important fresco in the villa sits above the dining room table. It is a fresco by Andrea Appiani, who was Europe’s foremost neoclassical artist at the turn of the 19th century. The Tuscan Dining Room is more casual and filled with period Tuscan furniture. Here there is a separate sitting area with marble fireplace and television for relaxing and enjoying the views.

In the same level there are two beautiful fully equipped professional kitchens. The main kitchen is large and airy with Subzero refrigerators and wine coolers, Viking and Gaggeneau ovens, grills and ranges, 4 disposals, 2 dish washers, a vegetable and fish steamer and a fryer. The counter tops are made of Verona marble and the cabinetry is richly decorated, hand-carved wood. The most prominent feature of the kitchen is two 8-foot high stone fireplaces that are original to the villa and bear the family emblem.

On the ground floor are also two beautiful dens, with computers and Internet connections. One is fitted with mahogany cabinetry. There is also a billiard room with a hand-carved English Snooker table. For nights when you would like to stay in, there is a cinema with a large screen and cinema quality sound system. The cinema houses one of the villa’s most incredible fireplaces and an exquisite mahogany bar. For many of the guests, the favorite room is the Pizzeria. It is a large, casual room with a massive fireplace and an antique brick pizza and foccaccia oven that is original to the villa.

A splendid marble stair gives access to the first floor where is the large and frescoed living room with piano, the fitness room and 5 magnificent bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (see detailed description of this floor)

On the second floor there are 9 additional bedrooms with bathrooms (see detailed description of this floor)

Beautiful floor tapestries cover the ancient Lombard terracotta and wood floors. Collections of prints and engravings decorate the walls, and stylish fabrics, upholstery, and drapery are found throughout.  The windows provide beautiful views of the lake and the garden.

There are two pianos in the villa. One is a perfectly restored antique Bluethner that once sat in the Leipzig Concert Hall. It rests in the Music Room which is a spectacular room with 30 ft. high ceilings, Albertolli frescoes and stunning views of the lake. The other piano is a player piano that plays jazz, modern and classical music on its own for lazy nights when no one feels like playing.

The Villa Passalacqua is child friendly. In the back garden next to the kitchen there is a wonderful outdoor play area with beautiful wooden slide, swing set and rope climb.

The gardens of Villa Passalacqua are considered some of the most historic and beautiful on Lake Como. Guests can cut their own flowers in the Cutting Garden or Rose Garden for fresh flowers in the villa.

The Swimming Terrace is spectacular. The terrace is filled with lemon and olive trees. The views of Lake Como are stunning from the Swimming Terrace which is the warmest part of the garden. Overlooking the swimming pool is Sant’Agata’s 12th century bell tower. There is also a beautiful 200 year old greenhouse on the terrace. There are 11 working fountains on the property that add cool freshness and sound to the hot summer afternoons.

The Villa Passalacqua property ends at the lake’s shore. The dock area is beautiful. It is encased in antique Moltrasio stone both on the walls and on the steps leading to the water. The dock area is filled with roses, creeping jasmine and oleander.

Upon request and at an additional charge it is possible to rent a boat which can be moored at the dock of the villa.

Included in the price for both villas are all the utilities, daily maid service (Monday through Saturday) and linen and towel service every third day. The Villas have towels for the bathrooms and the swimming pool and they use only the finest Italian cotton sheets. They also only use the highest quality goose down pillows and comforters. Available: bicycles, tennis rackets and other sports equipment.

Cook service upon request (charged).


Ground Floor
A large entry room with marble stair, a formal large frescoed dining room, a Tuscan family dining room with TV, drawing room, two kitchens each with large refrigerators and BBQ, a billiard room, Cinema room, wine room, study room with telephone, fax, Internet access and computer facilities, satellite TV. One bathroom with marble bathtub and 2 guest bathrooms.

First Floor
Fitness room, frescoed music room with piano.

The first suite (Laura 2 guests) has a 180 cm bed, a marble fireplace, views of Lake Como, and a bathroom with a shower and separate tub with a handheld shower.

Suite Laura is 1418 square feet and is the most spectacular suite in the Villa. It is positioned at the corner of the Villa with magnificent views of the lake to the north and the south. The entire suite is wood paneled and painted decoratively reflecting the Villa’s eighteenth century origins. In the bedroom is a large grey marble fireplace that is original to the Villa. The bedroom is 612 square feet and the bathroom is 648 square feet. For the Signora is a delicate powder room of 158 square feet.

The second suite (della Nonna 2 guests) has a sitting room, a bedroom with 180 cm bed, views of the lake and swimming pool, and a bathroom with a tub with a handheld shower.

Suite della Nonna faces the lake, with beautiful views of the lake and the swimming pool. This suite is 1026 square feet. The bedroom is 432 square feet. It has beautifully restored wooden floors, Zoffany wallpaper and important paintings and antiques. This suite has a beautiful and separate sitting room of 378 square feet and lovely bathroom of 216 square feet with antique Rotterdam WC and steel English bathtub.

The third suite (Camilla 2 guests) has a bedroom with a 180 cm bed and a bathroom with a shower and separate tub.

Suite Camilla has beautiful views of the mountains and of Moltrasio.  Suite Camilla measures 943 square feet and contains a large bedroom of 643 square feet and a bathroom of 300 square feet. The bedroom has antique wooden floors and is decorated in Colefax and Fowler wallpaper. There is a four poster matrimonial bed in this bedroom with beautiful English and Italian antiques. The bathroom has a steel and porcelain antique English bathtub and skeleton shower encased in crystal glass.

The fourth suite (Suite Abigail and Isabella 4 guests) has 2 bedrooms, one with Queen Sized Bed, and one bedroom with 2 Twin Beds. Shared bathroom with bathtub.

Second Floor

The first suite (Bisbino 3 guests) has two bedrooms and one bathroom with a tub. The first bedroom has a 180 cm bed and the second bedroom has a 90 cm bed.

Suite Bisbino contains one large bedroom, one smaller bedroom, and a bathroom totalling 869 square feet. Suite Bisbino faces the mountains and the village and has a double four poster bed, Zoffany wallpaper and a bathroom with a beautiful steel-covered antique English bathtub. The second bedroom, for one person, contains a decorative, original antique fireplace and ornate ceiling.

The second suite (Sant'Agata 6 guests) has one sitting room, four bedrooms, a sauna, and one bathroom with a shower and separate tub with a handheld shower. The first bedroom has a 180 cm bed, the second bedroom has two twin beds 90 cm each, the third bedroom has a 90 cm bed, and the fourth bedroom has a 90 cm bed.

Suite Sant’ Agata is a beautiful suite with one sitting room, two large bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms, a sauna for two and a bathroom with a steam shower for a total of 2,592 square feet. The suite features beautifully carved ceilings of musical instruments. The lovely views are of the lake and swimming pool. The sauna and bathroom contain a beautiful fireplace, antique English bathtub and a steam shower. This suite is the envy of the Villa.

The third suite (Bellini 2 guests) has views of Lake Como, a 180 cm bed and a bathroom with a shower and Jacuzzi tub.

Suite Bellini is nicely situated in the corner of the second floor. The suite contains a large bedroom and bathroom totalling 1,224 square feet. The bedroom enjoys enviable views of the lake to the north and the south and totals 576 square feet. The bedroom is exceptional with an ornately painted wrought iron queen sized bed. Like the other suites, Suite Bellini is filled with antiques and beautiful art. The bathroom is fit for a king and queen and totals 648 square feet.  It features Lombardy cotta floors, Siena marble tops, a shower and a large jacuzzi bathtub.

The fourth suite (Norma 2 guests) has a Queen sized bed and a bathroom with a tub with a handheld shower.
Suite Norma, like the other lake-facing bedrooms, has stunning views and beautifully decorated ceilings and doors. The Suite is 837 square feet and has a matrimonial antique brass bed with Lombardy cotta floors. The suite’s bathroom is outfitted with Philip Starck bathtub, washbasin and toilet.

The fifth suite (Sonnanbula 2 guests) has a sitting room with a desk, fireplace, and views of the mountains, one bedroom, and a bathroom with a tub with a handheld shower. The bedroom has a 180 cm bed.

Suite Sonnambula has a large bedroom and equally large sitting room that face the mountains and the village of Moltrasio. Together with the bathroom, this suite totals 1,578 square feet. The sitting room has a marble fireplace and antique writing desk. The bedroom has a beautiful antique Pugliese matrimonial bed and rich antique furniture. The bathroom is 444 square feet and contains Philip Starck designer bathtub, washbasin, and toilet. The bathroom features fabulous views of Lake Como. 



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