Spring is round the corner and, as the days get longer and the temperatures warmer, it is the perfect time of the year to plan a vacation by the lake. From Lazio to Tuscany to the lake region in Lombardy, Italy has a lot to offer when it comes to historical lakeshore properties, all of which are not only rich in history, but also elegant and unique, each in its own way.
Unique and stunning, Villa Elda features a private lake shore line just outside Rome. The classical interiors offer every luxury a guest could imagine and all the lavish bedrooms boast unparalleled lake views, making Villa Elda the ideal retreat for a private and relaxing holiday just outside the Eternal City.
Located on the gently rolling hills outside Lucca, this 14th century Tuscan country house is elegant and refined, yet it gives away a homey feeling to its guests. The villa is surrounded by a large private property that includes a lake, a golf driving range and a tennis court, perfect for those who enjoy active holidays.
Charming Villa Passalacqua, dating back to the 1700s, used to be the property of Count Passalacqua and was once the residence of famous composer Vincenzo Bellini. Rich in history, the villa features beautiful gardens that run all the way from the village of Moltrasio to the lake shore: the views from every corner of the property are striking, as are the panoramas that can be enjoyed from the swimming pool.
Famous for being one of the most exclusive properties on Lake Como, Villa La Cassinella offers top-notch service in a secluded and exclusive environment. Its gardens, perfectly manicured and groomed, are ideal for a stroll and to take in the beauty of the lake. The villa can only be accessed by boat, which adds to its unique charm.
This incredible mansion on Lake Como dates back to the 1500s but was refurbished to its current splendor in 2005: the original furnishings and frescos, however, remain, as does its incredible and timeless charm. The gardens are equally beautiful and offer unique views across the lake to Bellagio, only a 5 minute boat ride away.
A Neoclassical gem overlooking the lake, Villa Norma was named after the lead role of a famous Vincenzo Bellini opera play. Large and elegant, the villa shares a 6.5 acre estate with Casta Diva Resort and Spa and its guests can thus take advantage of the facilities of the resort.
Located within the grounds of world famous Villa d’Este, this magnificently renovated 19th century villa features traditional interiors and décor, as well as an incredible elegance and attention to detail. The terrace is especially exquisite for dining and enjoying the views of Lake Como and guests can also enjoy the hotel’s facilities such as the famous floating swimming pool and the spa and wellness center.
A historic 19th century liberty style villa, Corte del Lago is surrounded by striking gardens that are home to century old trees and a beautiful swimming pool. The property is elegant and refined and the lakeside terrace is the crowning jewel of the villa, with uninterrupted views over the lake and the Grigna mountain range.
Beautifully located in Argegno, a picture perfect holiday resort on the west shore of Lake Como, Villa Concetta has striking views that run from Bellagio and the pre-Alps to the North and Nesso to the South. Large and elegant, this property also features a swimming pool and is close to many attractions in the region, such as Tremezzo and the Cima della Duaria.
This splendid 19th century villa, ideally located on the western shore of upper Lake Como, is the ideal place for those who seek a romantic getaway, peace and tranquility. Its park is home to a wide variety of trees, such as oaks, maples and redwood pines, and also features a modern salt-water pool, a tennis court, a tennis table and pool table.
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