Love a little romance and grandeur? Villa d’Este is simply breathtaking. This exquisite, five star Italian resort is located on the romantic shores of Lake Como, not too far from Milan. This is one destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Where else can you combine history, exquisite atmosphere and culinary excellence?
Many have called Villa d’Este on Lake Como the most beautiful hotel in the world. The resort’s conversion dates back to 1873. Its palatial elegance was enjoyed by royalty, who enjoyed the villa as a summer residence many years ago.
Originally, Cernobbio was a tiny village populated by fishermen and woodcutters. Nuns were the first to arrive and took refuge from the civil war in a church that is today the park of Villa d’Este. In the l6th century, a Catholic cardinal built the main villa after acquiring the land from a monastic order, whose monastery still remains a focal point within the 25 acres of gardens.
More than five centuries of Italian art and architecture can be seen throughout the hotel and gardens. The l8th century Mosaic is one of the most photographed landmarks in Italy and can be seen as far back as Edith Wharton’s 1904 book, “Italian Villas and Their Gardens.”
It’s easy to close your eyes and transport yourself in time to a different era. Imagine Winston Churchill, Rita Hayworth, Yves Saint Laurent and Mikhail Gorbachev, taking the very same walk around the hotel and gardens as you. Today the guest list is a veritable “Who’s Who” in film and politics.
During the winter, the spectacular views of Lake Como and the snow capped mountains have not changed much over the centuries. The best time, of course, is summer. Be spontaneous and try this spectacular hotel. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed.
Whether it’s the heated pool floating strategically over Lake Como, or the fabulous spa and tennis courts that grace the premises today, Villa d’Este leaves its guests wanting to return again and again.
- The Gourmet Review