There is no question that Villa Bellisima is one of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como. Commissioned by the most important Italian aristocratic family in the 1700's it was desgien by on of the region's most important architects and the most sought after interior designer of the time. The owners handed down this villa through the centuries, and its guest list is historic: the most famous musicians, writers and artists of the times have been Villa Bellisima's guests, as well as important state figures such as Napoleon Buonapart and Winston Churchill. Vicenzo Bellini, from Sicily, lived here from 1829 to 1833 and composed his opera, "La Sonnambula" recounting life in a nearby Swiss village debuted in Milano in March 1831. Villa Bellissima's gardens are one of the most beautiful on Lake Como. You can almost hear Bellini's La Sonnambula wafting through the gardens as you take a leisurely stroll through the same Italian- style gardens and swimming pool with spectacular views of the Lake. Everything about this villa is remarkable, making it ideal for weddings, family gatherings or special occasions. Ideally located between the famous Villa d'Este Hotel and George Clooney's villa, Villa Bellissima sits perched above a village and sweeps down to the shoreline. A few restaurants and shops are within an easy walking distance while more are to be found just 3 kms at the pretty waterfront town of Cernobbio where you can take a break at a sidewalk café on a pretty cobblestone street. Cernobbio's main attraction is the infamous Villa d'Este which became a hotel in 1873 after being a neighboring home to Villa Bellissima. We highly recommend dinner or lunch at Villa d'Este during your stay. Not only is chef Luciano Parolari a master in the kitchen (and a very nice man), the wait staff understated and attentive, but you may get lucky as we did one night and have George Clooney at the next table. There was nothing better that night! The estate consists of an expansive main villa and a guesthouse, which is located in a separate area and independent from the main villa. The two can not be rented together, since the owner lives in one and moves to the other when it is rented. The entire property was painstakingly restored and renovated in 2002 with detailed attention given to every room and feature. The walls are decorated with antique prints and paintings, the floors are a beautiful mixture of ancient terracotta and wood and the ceilings in many of the rooms are ornately painted and frescoed. Beautifully appointed with modern conveniences, you have all the comforts of home in a luxurious setting. There is a billiard room, a fitness room, a cinema room and computers with internet connection. A favorite room is the pizzeria, with its massive fireplace and an antique brick pizza and focaccia oven. There are also two pianos in the villa. One is in the music room and the other is a player piano that plays jazz, modern and classical music. Two fully equipped professional kitchens are at your disposal, complete with subzero refrigerators and Viking and Gaggeneau ovens, grills and ranges. ROOMS Living Room, Kitchen, Study, Terrace, Garden, Formal Dining Room, Family Dining Room, Two Kitchens, Billiard Room, Cinema Room, Fitness Room, Pizzeria, Music Room 6 Double Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms 1 Double and 1 Single sharing bathroom 1 Twin Bedroom and 2 Single Bedrooms sharing bathroom 1 Bathroom with Shower 4 Bathroom with Tub (includes either handheld or wall mount shower) 2 Bathrooms with Showers and Tubs. 1 Bathroom with Shower and Jacuzzi FACILITIES Stove, Oven, Private Barbecue, Freezer, Dishwasher, High Speed Internet Access, Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels, AMENITIES Shared In-ground Pool, Fireplace, Central Heat, Maid Service, Views, Bicycles, Tennis Rackets, Wi-Fi Internet Connection. TRANSPORTATION: PRIVATE PARKING NEAREST AIRPORT: Milan, 45 mins NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Como, 10 mins CITIES AND TOWNS: Cernobbio 3km, Como 8km, Milan 30 min, Lugano 30 min SERVICES: Shops, Grocery stores 5 min walk, NOTES: Swimming pool is shared with the owners.
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