Villa Feltrinelli

Italian Lakes, Italy

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

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    Lakeside opulence in a sumptuous family villa

Why we choose Villa Feltrinelli

Feltrinelli feels every inch the private villa it is, with phenomenally personalized service

  • Premium suites have frescoed ceilings and unbeatable lake views
  • The Villa has two private boats: Riva and La Contessa
  • Opt for a tasting menu in the two Michelin-starred Dining Room

Upon arrival at Villa Feltrinelli, more than one guest has wondered, “Is this a hotel or is this heaven?” Situated right on the shores of Lake Garda, it really is that beautiful here—almost fantasy-like with its complete sense of peace and tranquility. The outside is a wonderland of citrus trees, while the inside is decorated with eye-popping antiques such as huge, centuries-old Venetian mirrors. We dare you to leave with even a smidgeon of stress left.

What you need to know about the hotel

This exclusive property resembles an enchanted fairytale castle and has all the benefits of a five-star hotel

  • The Villa’s atmospheric Cellar is packed with 500 Northern Italian specialties and hosts tastings and private dinners
  • After a swim in the heated outdoor pool or the freshwater lake, homemade gelato awaits in an old-fashioned gelateria cart
  • The guest house rooms are more contemporary—with space to spare—and can be found along a lantern-lit pathway

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli doesn’t date back to the Renaissance, but it has a storied history nonetheless. Built in the late 1800s as a summer retreat for the prominent Feltrinelli publishing family, it was later used to detain Benito Mussolini from 1943 to 1945. Today, there are 20 rooms and suites—all different, all gorgeous. Just make sure yours is on the lake side. The interior has a Liberty-style design, with frescoed ceilings, original antique furniture and custom furnishings. But not everything is old-school here. In-room amenities include luxe items like Acqua di Parma toiletries and a state-of-the-art music system—plus services ranging from unpacking to laundry.

Where is it and what's nearby

A secluded, park-setting retreat located along the shores of Lake Garda

  • Stroll the cobbled streets and lemon-painted houses of Gargnano—a town D.H. Lawrence called “one of the most beautiful places on earth”
  • Take a picturesque 45-minute hike up a San Valentino mountain road to glimpse ancient landmarks and panoramic natural beauty
  • Nearby Verona’s open-air summer opera festival is a can’t-miss for music lovers, who will be treated to favorites like Tosca and Aida

The Villa is set within eight acres of landscaped grounds, complete with olive groves, lemon gardens and ancient magnolia trees. It’s so completely tucked away that the property is only visible from the lake. Speaking of Lake Garda, taking a cruise on this largest yet least well-known of Italy’s lakes is a must, an especially easy task considering the Villa’s private lakeshore, beach and pleasure crafts. Otherwise, you’ll likely want to stay pretty close to “home” and indulge in onsite activities such as croquet, swimming or massages and treatments in the Acqua di Parma Regeneration Lounge.

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.

  • You need to know

    The property shuts down during the winter from mid-October through mid-April.

  • A word from the hotel

    Don’t miss our signature dish, ‘Il Piatto dell’Orto’ — a selection of sautéed seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and flowers from the garden.
    Stefano Baiocco, Executive Chef


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