Villa Passalacqua

Villa Passalacqua will be closed throughout the 2020 season due to renovations, to reopen brighter than ever in the summer of 2021.

Villa Passalacqua offers the most heavenly views of the Lake from its elevated position. Perching on the glamorous western shore amid the residences of the world’s elite, the Villa is ideal for a glamorous getaway in total privacy, thanks to a secret underground entrance, a series of spacious halls for whiling away the hours day and night, plush interiors featuring decorated carved ceilings and priceless objets d’art, and a separate guest house, Villa Bellini.

The magic continues outdoors where extensive gardens divided into four terraces reach down to the waters, providing the most romantic outlooks over the Lake. With the calming sound of fountains in the background, the terraces are dedicated to olives, fruits and roses, while a larger expanse offers pristine lawns and a stone gazebo. The 200-year-old glasshouse is filled with exotic plants and the Swimming Terrace is nothing short of spectacular. Villa Passalacqua is a slice of heaven on the Lake.

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Stay at Villa Passalacqua

If you want to luxuriate on the Lake, look no further than Villa Passalacqua.

Perfect for large parties, the main Villa flaunts nine lavish suites complete with ornate ceilings and beautiful bathrooms while Villa Bellini, the guest house, offers an additional four rooms, comfortably sleeping a total of 26 guests.

While away the hours in the extensive manicured gardens, offering views of the water at every turn, and be inspired by the natural beauty enveloping you. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool on the Swimming Terrace and detach from the every day. Or spend precious time together in the dining rooms, movie theater, workout studio and billiard room.

A full dedicated staff will always be at your disposal, ready to lavish you with the five-star attention you deserve.

Stay at Villa Passalacqua and make memories you will cherish for years to come.

Events at Villa Passalacqua

Villa Passalacqua offers a heavenly backdrop to your wedding, anniversary, birthday, or any other important landmark. The garden, complete with dreamy views over the waters, can seat 250 guests under a beautiful canopy for a stunning celebration en pleine air, while the remarkable halls will delight up to 120 loved ones as they listen to a father’s heartfelt speech, enjoy a delicious dinner and dance the night away.

The Villa’s dedicated staff will be at your disposal to help you plan your dream event, from selecting the right space, indoor or out, to choosing the menu, color scheme and finishing touches. So you can remember your special day as one filled with laughter, loved ones and luxury.


Villa Passalacqua sits on the shore where Hollywood chooses to vacation, close to the towns of Como and Cernobbio. With neighbors such as George Clooney, Donatella Versace and Richard Branson, you’ll be in glamorous company in this tranquil part of the Lake, the crowds of tourists out of sight and out of mind. The ideal location for detaching from the everyday in total privacy.

History and architecture

Granted the residence by the Odescalchi, a northern Papal family, Count Passalacqua built his namesake Villa in the 18th century. A simple symmetrical façade and highly ornate interior – filled with fine paintings, sculptures, Persian rugs, tapestries and Venetian chandeliers – was the vision of the Swiss architect Felice Soave who was commissioned to design the Villa. The result of his beautiful work, coupled with the stunning natural scenery of the Lake framed by extensive gardens, is undeniably inspiring.

Indeed the Villa has welcomed many great minds over the years, including musicians, artists, writers and even statesmen like Napoleon and Churchill. Vincenzo Bellini even lived here from 1829-1833 and composed his most famous operas, Norma and Sonnambula, in the music room.

The spirit of inspiration lives on in the Villa and is palpable in the air.