Villa d’Este

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Como, Italy

Set in 25 acres of enchanting Italian Renaissance gardens on the banks of Lake Como, minutes from the small town of Cernobbio, Villa d’Este is a grand and supremely luxurious 16th century heritage hotel. This former residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio is breathtakingly beautiful and steeped in history. Considered one of the best hotels in Italy, it features exquisite Renaissance architecture and combines the splendor of a bygone era with modern comforts. Villa d’Este lies 60 minutes from Italy’s fashion capital, Milan.

Offering impeccable service, legendary cuisine and first class facilities including three restaurants, two bars, a swimming pool, a spa and a fitness centre and tennis courts, this luxury boutique hotel will appeal to discerning couples and families seeking an indulgent and unforgettable escape, in a setting that is second to none. Villa d’Este welcomes children and features a kids’ pool as well as a kids’ club in summer months. Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Villa d’Este provides 152 uniquely designed rooms and suites, elegantly furnished with antiques, paintings and vintage prints, and sumptuous fabrics. Each room is located in the Cardinal Building or Queen’s Pavilion and features lavish marble bathrooms. Many come with balconies or terraces offering stunning views across Lake Como. Two magnificent private villas offer the ultimate Lake Como experience. Interconnecting rooms are available.

Villa d’Este’s three restaurants will take you on a unique culinary journey. The stunning Veranda restaurant serves up traditional Italian haute cuisine in a formal setting overlooking the lake and gardens. The hotel is also home to a superb cooking school.

There is an array of activities on offer and you do as much or as little as you wish. Take a dip in the legendary floating swimming pool as you admire the views; stroll through the gardens; play tennis; go waterskiing or windsurfing; take a boat out on the lake; or practice your swing on the putting green. There are five golf courses nearby.  Relax after a busy day with a massage at the spa and later sip a cocktail at the bar.

For those wishing to explore the area, the concierge will arrange a fantastic range of private excursions including a trip to Portofino or a visit to the Silk Museum.

Villa d’Este is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Lake Como into a greater Italian or European holiday. Take a look at A Private Ski Safari in the European Alps as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

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Location & Getting There

Set amongst 25 acres of enchanting Italian Renaissance gardens on the banks of Lake Como, the property is a 50-minute drive from Milan Malpensa Airport or a 70-minute drive from Milan Linate Airport.


Villa d’Este provides 152 uniquely designed rooms and suites. Double Classic and Double Executive rooms offer views of the century-old gardens, while Double Deluxe rooms feature magnificent lake views. Junior suites include a spacious living area with a fantastic view of Lake Como. The two Presidential suites feature balconies from which guests can enjoy the magic views over the lake and the beautiful gardens of Villa d'Este. Cardinal suites also have a large private front terrace with tables and chairs that overlook the lake. There are also three-floor villas on the property, consisting of a living room, dining room and kitchen.


- Indoor & outdoor pool
- Turkish bath
- Sauna & massage
- Beauty salon
- Spa
- Tennis & squash courts
- Boutiques
- Nightclub
- Dining: 3 restaurants, 3 bars


There is plenty on offer in the area. Take a dip in the legendary floating swimming pool as you admire the views; play tennis; go waterskiing or windsurfing; take a boat out on the lake; or practice your swing on the five golf courses nearby. Guests can also visit Comacina Island, Lenno Village, go on guided boat excursions to Bellagio, explore nature trails by foot, take scenic seaplane rides or bicycle tours.


There is a kids club available for children aged 3 to 8, as well as a kids pool and babysitting services.

Villa d’Este Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Villa d’Este Testimonials

Dear Elgin

We are good than you though a bit sad to be back from honeymoon. All in all we had a wonderful time, it was truly beautiful and special and we enjoyed every aspect of our holiday in Italy.

Villa d’ Este – this was of course amazing and we found it very hard to leave. The views, the buildings, the gardens were incredible.  The room was very lovely too and though it was a standard room it was huge with a separate sitting room.  Good tip on the lake view, it was spectacular to wake up to that every morning!  We were even treated to spectacular fireworks over the lake two nights in a row (I joked with my husband that it was part of my wedding surprise but in fact there was a wedding there at the time).

Food – the breakfast was great.  We often had snacks and drinks at the Veranda restaurant which I thought was quite pricey but not unexpected.  We had dinner at Le Grill each night which was just wonderful.  We loved every dish we ordered.

Castadiva – this place really grew on us though it was very different to Villa d’Este. It is a gorgeous hotel with a wonderful view of the lake. The rooms were amazing and we stayed in Villa Dorabella which gave us an unblocked view of the lake.  The service was impeccable and the staff were friendly and eager to please.  The food was wonderful and the I also used the spa which was very good.  I really liked Castadiva and it was a great place as our final destination in Italy when we just wanted to relax.  Perhaps it is not the best place for people who want to sight see or go around the lake as you need to rely on the shuttle to Como which only goes a few times a day.  But I cannot fault the place itself.

Thanks for recommending Lugano and Lake Como – both perfect destinations for honeymooners :)

Best wishes,


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