A Place Beyond Time
At its core, Passalacqua is about celebrating a timeless, authentically Italian way of life. We aim to revive the lost art of villeggiatura, that age-old practice of shedding the literal and figurative corsets of everyday life in the city for the natural beauty and simpler pleasures at a country manor, a mountain chalet or, indeed, a lakeside estate like our own. We pride ourselves in exceeding the expectations of our guests, offering all the creature comforts, outdoor amusements and Epicurean treats you might imagine, along with a few whimsies and wonders that even the most seasoned traveler might not. It’s all about bringing Meraviglia back – that sense of awe that makes a journey unforgettable. Come to Passalacqua and experience memories in the making…
From villeggiato, past participle of villeggiare (“to stay in a villa”)
To spend a vacation, a period of rest or recreation in the countryside, by the sea or in the mountains. Alternatively, the period of time or the place in which to do so : a country holiday.
Every corner of Passalacqua has a tale to tell… Of the illustrious Odescalchi family of Como, for example, who were the first to build a villa on this site. Of the Counts of Lucini-Passalacqua, whose star architects and artisans made this summer residence the envy of all who saw it. Then there are the many luminaries who graced the villa as guests: composer Vincenzo Bellini, for one, who was so enchanted by the villa and the surrounding village that he ended up composing many of his most famous works in our Sala della Musica. And countless others whose names we will never know made their mark here as well: generations of gardeners with grand visions and green thumbs or the skillful engineers who built our impressive network of underground tunnels…
We are hoteliers with heart and soul. The seeds for this love story were sown many decades ago when Grand Hotel Tremezzo became the family’s first hotel. Now with the third generation leading the way (and the fourth generation growing up fast!), we are channeling the family’s love of hospitality towards a new venture. Passalacqua is our latest passion project – almost a sacred honor for us as natives of Como. What a privilege to return a historic landmark of this stature back to Italy after years of outside ownership. As its new forever guardians, we look forward to sharing it with generations of guests to come.
Nature has been awfully kind to us on Lake Como: a glacier turned into a lake as deep as it is cold, mountains furry with foliage stretching to the sky and a microclimate in which olive trees and palms, citrus and camelias thrive. Passalacqua offers myriad opportunities to connect with nature – and in doing so, to reconnect with yourself – whether it’s asanas under the magnolias, a ripe kiwi picked straight off the vine or a peaceful moment by a burbling fountain. All the while, Lake Como looms as a constant presence, sometimes just a glimpse through the trees, at others a sweeping panorama glittering like a thousand diamonds in the sun. God is in the details, as Van Der Rohe says, but what makes this place so divine is the way all the details come together: this symbiosis of nature, water and people make Passalacqua a true celebration of life and lake.