Villa d'Este

Italian Lakes, Italy

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

  • Villa d'Este View 9

    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

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    Elegant heritage villa with exclusive lakeside grounds

Why we choose Villa d'Este

Not just a location, Villa d’Este is also a state of mind

  • The outdoor pool floats in the lake
  • Splurge on one of two exclusive villas inside the park
  • The Canova Bar houses 16th century Adam and Eve Carrara marble statues

Hollywood goes Italian. This is the place where the most stylish, beautiful people in the world come to relax for a few days beside the waters of Lake Como.

The 25-acre heritage park houses a cluster of elegant buildings which make up the hotel, including two sumptuous private villas. Come to enjoy watersports on the lake, or sit on the terrace and admire the view.

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We suggest

Take your pick: rooms facing the mountains and those overlooking the lake are equally beautiful.

What you need to know about the hotel

Villa d’Este is a modern wonderland set within a perfectly maintained 16th century palace

  • Villa d’Este is famous not only for its glamour, but for its 25 acres of national heritage park
  • The Villa d’Este Sporting Club offers endless activities: eight tennis courts, fitness center, putting green, windsurfing, sailing, skiing and more
  • The beautiful 18-hole golf course, among the most challenging and difficult par 69s in Europe, winds through chestnut, ash and pine trees

Villa d’Este hosts an ongoing who’s who of international VIPs that started with its first occupant: Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who used it as a summer residence. The hotel now has 152 rooms and suites that blend swish northern Italian style and a decided historical feel. The decor is classic, and the original furniture is from the 19th century, but that’s as “universal” as you can get because no two rooms are alike in size or design. The accommodations are spread throughout two buildings, so be sure you’re familiar with the location you’ve chosen. We prefer rooms facing the water or mountains.

There are lots of high-end facilities at Villa d’Este, including a great golf course, several pools, a handful of restaurants and bars and an award-winning Beauty Center that incorporates spa treatments.

Where is it and what's nearby

This 16th century northern Italian property overlooks one of the most romantic lakes in the world

  • Take a private boat tour of Lake Como to see the many beautiful villas and gardens dotting the area
  • Il Duomo di Como, the last Gothic cathedral built in Lombardy (1396), is filled with frescos, paintings and tapestries
  • Plan an evening in nearby Milan that includes a performance at the prestigious La Scala opera house. Bravo!

The names of major movie stars likely come to mind when you think of Lake Como, but A-list actors are just the latest high rollers to discover the lake. This area, about an hour north of Milan, was once a favorite playground of a Russian empress and an English queen, and the big names haven’t stopped since.

The hotel comprises 25 acres of gardens—for private use by guests—whose statues and landscapes have been photographed for centuries. In fact, exploring the grounds can make for memorable experiences: Something as simple as a walk to the chef’s garden may be a highlight of your trip.

How to enjoy Italian Lakes

The combination of high mountains framing the still waters of Italy’s northern lakes creates a place of unique perfection

  • South of Lake Maggiore are the Borromeo Islands, chock full of surprises like Baroque palaces, exotic plants and free-roaming animals
  • Hop a boat to Eremo di Santa Catarina del Sasso, whose cliff-hugging Hermitage is a spiritual and architectural powerhouse

The Italian lakes region proves that Italy is more than art and architecture. This chic district wows with a network of lakefront towns that entices celeb globetrotters to put down roots (we’re looking at you, George Clooney).

There are lakes throughout Italy, but when people talk about “The Lakes,” they mean this northern slice of heaven encompassing four major lakes: Como, Garda, Lugano and Maggiore. Lake Como gets all the love from celebrities, but don’t skip gems like the smaller Lake Orta, whose fairytale island houses a monastery.

This breathtaking region may be Italian in geography, but it feels like a whole other world. The living is more orderly and more formal—but with the same Italian flair, of course. Tourists flock here from all over, but locally, it’s a convenient weekend escape for the (very) wealthy of Milan. A fun game for tourists is debating which ultra-rich family has built the largest waterfront villa.

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    When to visit Italian Lakes

    Winter is a cold, damp bummer. Spring and autumn are great times for a visit, as is summer, though you may have to cope with some big thunderstorms as the humid air hits the edges of the Alps.

  • We say

    This is the most admired hotel for generations on Lake Como.

  • You need to know

    Villa d’Este closes its doors during the winter.

  • A word from the hotel

    The tradition of flambé dessert is the perfect ending for a romantic dinner on the terrace.
    Fabrizio Zarattini, Maître d’Hôtel

  • A word from the hotel

    Milan and Lugano are easy-to-reach destinations for shopping lovers.
    Fabrizio Mainoni, Concierge

  • We say

    For those who wish a five-star experience less than an hour from Milan on picturesque Lake Como.

  • Awards and accolades

    Villa d’Este features in Condé Nast Traveler’s Platinum Circle. This honor is awarded to hotels which have been on the Gold List for five years running.


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Villa d'Este, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet breakfast at the restaurant (or continental in room), for up to two in-room guests
  • Complimentary use of the mini-bar replenished once a day
  • For all guests confirmed for a minimum of 3 nights: one 3-course lunch (beverage not included) at Veranda restaurant, maximum of 2 in-room guests (not valid at Easter)
  • For all guests confirmed for a minimum of 5 nights: one 3-course dinner (beverages not included) at the Veranda restaurant, maximum of two in room-guests, not valid during the summer festival gala dinners, not combinable

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