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the refined art of italian idleness




The stunning villa on the shores of Lake Como was originally built in the 18th century for count Andrea Lucini-Passalacqua for the pleasures of love, food, friendship & the fine Italian art of dolce far niente — doing nothing & enjoying it.

Turned into an elegant luxury hotel after a comprehensive restoration, the new owners, the De Santis family, reopened the doors in 2022 with the ambition to carry on the historic purpose of the estate.


Only a year after opening, Passalacqua was announced as The World’s Best Hotel by an expert panel of 580 travel journalists, hoteliers and seasoned luxury travellers.

From the lush gardens to the lavish grand suites & the lake-view pool — every corner of the estate is designed to complete the mission. Passalacqua is indeed the perfect hedonist getaway.

Designer and queen of maximalism J.J. Martin has turned the Winter Garden, a former greenhouse, into an all-day bar with a chic vintage feel.


Paavo Tynell’s 9602 Floor Lamp & Tove Kindt-Larsen’s Grace Chair enrich this social domain and invite guests to linger and blend. 

“With its organic shape and contemporary but timeless design, the Grace Chair was the perfect choice for a lounge where rattan is the protagonist in terms of materials and beautiful contrasts, with colorful patterns and other materials like the ceramic of the vases and the wrought iron of the tables.”


- Valentina De Santis