The Villa Moltrasio is a national monument for Italy. It was constructed in the 1700’s by Count Passalacqua who had been granted the property by the Odescalchi Family—a Northern Papal family. It’s most famous long term visitor was Vincenzo Bellini who lived here from 1829-1833 and wrote his most famous operas here (Norma and Sonnambula).
The Swiss architect, Felice Soave, designed the house to have a simple symmetrical façade with a richly elaborate interior. The ceilings on the public rooms as well as 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.
The 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 Passalacqua family emblem.
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.
On the ground floor is a beautiful den, with a computer and internet connection. There is also a Billiard Room with a hand-carved English Snooker table. For nights when our guests want 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.
On the first floor is a beautiful workout room. It has gorgeous views of the lake and the mountains in the back of the Villa. There is a stereo system, television, weights, Glidex, Stair stepper, Punching Bag and numerous exercise DVDs. The floors are antique, decorative wood and the ceiling is richly carved. There are eight suites (in the Villa that average over 1,300 square feet. They are all unique and beautiful. They all have high and carved ceilings, antique floors and spectacular bathrooms.
The rooms are filled with antique furniture, Persian rugs, Venetian chandeliers and beautiful art. Some of the bathrooms have Philippe Starck designed wash basins, bathtubs and W/Cs while others have antique French and English large trough bathtubs and ornate wash basins. There is a beautifully restored antique Bluethner piano 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 Villa Moltrasio is children friendly. In the back garden next to the kitchen is a wonderful outdoor play area with beautiful wooden slide, swing set and rope climb. There is a large children’s play room on the first floor next to the music room and a small children’s play room next to the kitchen.
Inside the grounds of the Villa Moltrasio you will also find a separate, smaller, property: The Villa Norma, is a 4,000 square foot (450 square metres) villa that sits atop Lake Como. It is a beautiful Villa made of Moltrasio stone and wood. It was designed to view the Lake. There are 6 bedrooms and all have lake views. The Villa Norma is decorated with fine antiques and elegant Italian designer furniture. Four of the bedrooms have beautiful ensuite bathrooms.
The Kitchen is large, modern and airy with every imaginable amenity.
The kitchen units are an elegant stainless steel and in the center is an antique Tuscan eating table. Additionally the Villa Norma has cable TV, mobile and fixed telephony with a computer and broadband internet connection. There is also a stereo in the sitting room. There are two beautiful fireplaces in the Villa. One is in the sitting room which looks out over the lake and the other is in one of the bedroom suites.
The gardens of the two villas are considered some of the most historic and beautiful on Lake Como. Guests will enjoy the fresh flowers that come from the Cutting and Rose Gardens. There is also an extensive Vegetable Garden and Orchard so that our guests can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables during their stay with us.
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 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. We have two boats docked here that are available for rent. One is a 32’ hand crafted boat built of mahogany inside and out that is perfect for long cruises on the lake. The other is a 19’ boat for village hopping, waterskiing, fishing and other sports activity.
Included in the price for both villas are all the utilities, daily maid service and linen and towel service every third day. The Villas have monikered towels for the bathrooms and the swimming pool and we use only the finest Italian cotton sheets. We also only use the highest quality goose down pillows and comforters.
For the Villa Moltrasio, there is a butler/bar tender for 6 hours a day and a chef for a full breakfast each morning. We have bicycles, tennis rackets and other sports equipment on the property that are here for our guests to use as they wish. Should guests choose, the Villa gourmet chef is outstanding.