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Villa Serbelloni

Visiting Lake Como has long been on my travel bucket list. I don’t have to tell you that I love Italy and I’ve always had a romantic view of the lakes district. Since this trip was a birthday present from my husband (it was a milestone birthday…that’s all I’ll say πŸ™‚ ) he decided to make our stay in Bellagio really special by booking us into the Grand Villa Serbelloni.

The original villa was constructed in 1850 by a wealthy Milanese family as a holiday villa. In 1872 the villa was sold and the Grand Villa Serbelloni opened its doors in 1873. The villa which is neo-classic and Art Nouveau style enjoys a prominent location on the promontory which juts halfway out into Lake Como.

The villa quickly became a favourite among the elite including European aristocrats, Politicians and Hollywood royalty hosting the likes of Winston Churchill; John F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford; Douglas Fairbanks; Clark Gable and Al Pacino.

Today the hotel still has a classy, old world feel to it and as you can image it was a real treat staying here.

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The Grand Villa Serbelloni

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The Main Dining Room

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On of the Grand Staircases leading to the main parlour and the Mistral Restaurant.

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The Pool at Night

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The Grand Villa Serbelloni from the Dock.

 

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32 responses

  1. Beautiful! What a place to see and you captured it so well.

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    August 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

  2. This area of Northern Italy is one of my favorites too. Among other spots there I’ve spent time at Lake Maggiore, where the magic is omnipresent. Your images are wonderful reminders of the grace of the architecture. But it is the natural scenes that scoop through my memory. Hope that you were able to explore the lake district.

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    August 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    • Thanks so much Sally. We explored Lake Como but didn’t get to the other lakes. That just means I have to go back πŸ™‚

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      August 15, 2014 at 10:04 am

  3. WOW! Like a dream… Thanks and Love, nia

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    August 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

  4. How wonderfully opulent! Happy milestone birthday πŸ™‚

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    August 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

  5. Great job and what an beautiful place to be with a camera… πŸ˜€

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    August 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  6. I think every birthday is a milestone and should be treated as such. Having said that, I doubt I’ll be able to afford such an opulent surprise for my wife on her next milestone! Ah, wll. We must have our dreams. Absolutely stunning images!

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    August 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  7. OMG! It’s sooo gorgeous! I can’t believe my eyes. It feel like a dream.

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    August 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  8. These photographs are wonderful, Edith, and what a beautiful place this is!

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    August 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

    • Thank you so much Lisa. Yes it is an incredible place and I’m already trying to figure out when I’m going to go back.

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      August 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

  9. Gorgeous images Edith! πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  10. LB

    I would have walked around with my mouth hanging open (so classy, right?) πŸ™‚
    What a stunning place; the architecture is incredible, and your photos are wonderful.

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    August 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    • Thanks Laurie. I have to admit that breakfast was served in that dining room and I think my mouth did drop open the first morning I walked in there.

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      August 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

  11. Beautiful building. Glad You had a holiday!

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    August 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

  12. The second photo, the one of the dining room, is spectacular. Great depth of space.

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    August 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  13. Who’s a lucky girl then?! As my wife and I sat in Zermatt staring at the mist-cloaked mountains last week we decided to give mountains a miss next year and thought about visiting Lake Como instead. Not sure I’m wealthy enough to afford this but it looks beautiful and you’ve done a fine job photographing it, Edith

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    August 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    • Thanks Andy. I am very lucky. This hotel isn’t the usual type of place we stay in so it was a real treat and a very special birthday celebration.

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      August 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  14. Wonderful!!!! I bet you had a great time!!! Happy birthday!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    August 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

  15. Awesome series of photos, Edith! Love them all. πŸ™‚

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    August 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

  16. Simply Beautiful!

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    August 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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