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  • 24 rooms, including nine suites in three buildings. Every suite is different, each one is ready to become a stylish room of your own.
  • All rooms feature WiFi throughout, Smeg kettle and Illy coffee machine, Bluetooth sound system, free minibar with treats from the chef, TV, and bespoke bath products.
  • Panoramic pool, and a heated indoor pool.
  • An open-air gym in the olive grove.
  • A lakeside tennis court.
  • Bocce court.
  • Open-air cinema evenings, where Italian and international classic movies play out under a canopy of stars.
  • Vegetable and herb garden.

What's the Story

  • Transformed by the De Santis family, rooted on the shores of Lake Como for generations, into a unique hotel with 24 characterful guest accommodations spread across three magnificently restored edifices, it features seven acres of landscaped gardens that descend to a private jetty. Nestled among the park terraces, burbling fountains and centuries-old trees, guests can enjoy a panoramic swimming pool, an open-air gym in the olive grove, a lakeside tennis court, movie nights under the stars and much more. Staying at Passalacqua gives guests an all-access pass to life at the villa, whether that means making ice cream with the gelataio, swapping pruning tips with the gardeners, kneading pasta dough with the chef or perfecting your volo shot on the bocce court.

Wine & Dine

  • Breakfast: A glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, the wide-eyed flourish of a meter-high alzatina cake stand piled high with granita, cream-filled maritozzo buns, mini-pizzas. Plus, of course, a chef on hand to prepare whatever you fancy – like sunny-side-ups made from eggs laid by our hens that morning – and friendly waitstaff ready to accommodate you wherever you choose to enjoy your breakfast.

  • Lunch: Light lunch on the bar terrace, or inside the bar or by the pool? Wherever you’d like to eat, the staff will set up a table for you.

  • The pre-dinner aperitivo is celebrated as warmly and passionately in the villas and cafés of Lake Como as it is in the historic bars of Turin and Milan. Negroni, spritz, dry Martini or champagne? Nestled in the delightfully cultured, old-school bar, down by the pool, or outside on the terrace?

  • Dinner: Their fine dining space, offers a creative and innovative culinary experience, curated by the Chef di Casa Viviana Varese. Viviana is making Passalacqua the benchmark for a new vision of alta cucina di casa, or refined home cooking.

Wellness & Spa

  • Housed inside the Palazz, the Passalacqua Spa features: a relaxation area, two treatment rooms, humid area and an indoor pool, connected to the spa through a special underground tunnel.
  • You can book Seed to Skin treatment.


  • Dolce far niente.


  • Rates start at EUR. 1500 per night.
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Location & Setting

  • Grand lakeside villas. Charming lakeside villages. Ancient churches perched in improbable mountainside locations. Winemaking enclaves, opera houses, and any number of trails for hikers and bikers in a part of Italy whose dolce vita exterior conceals an Alpine heart. Milan, with its fashion shopping and cultural draws, is just an hour away; even closer is Moltrasio’s celebrated Gelateria Le Giuggiole, whose simpatica owner is ever ready to reveal some of the secrets of Italy’s gelato cult.


  • The hotel offers daily activities that change from season to season. Many other experiences can be reserved, and many more tailored to individual passions and interests (if there’s one thing our team enjoys, it’s making a dream become true).
  • An excursion with Beppe the boatman on one of Passalacqua’s two vintage motor launches is a must during your stay. Giumello II is the perfect choice for gentle voyages of discovery, and sunset cruises. Ideal for longer jaunts, its sportier cousin Didi comes complete with a sundeck and swim platform.


  • A trip by boat to Varenna, one of the most picturesque villages on the lake.
  • The ravishing gardens of Villa del Balbaniello.

How To Spend A Weekend In Lake Como

How to Get There

  • Fly into Milan Malpensa which is 45 minutes by car. Alternatively, Linate is a little under an hour’s drive. Hotel transfers can be arranged.
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