The famed Passalacqua, a historical marvel built by a pope and frequented by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill, has just been awarded the prestigious title “Best Hotel in the World” at the World’s 50 Best Hotels event in London. It is a 24-suite family-owned gem more than a mere hotel.
During her stay on Lake Como, our friend Vanessa chose to spend her days at this Villa and invited us to catch up. She is a worldly woman with a distinguished background, even working at the White House. Vanessa has a natural attitude for refined and exclusive things. She loves our accessories because they have a high quality and they are niche. Without a doubt, her favorite Nosetta bags are those in cotton tweed, classy and timeless. During her stay she was carrying three of them: the satchel Rachele, the crossbody Margherita, and the new small wallet Melzia
When you enter the gates you immediately feel the rich historical legacy with unparalleled indulgence.
The seven acres of terraced gardens, embellished with the soothing melody of fountains, offer a serene sanctuary for guests to unwind and enjoy an aperitif. The view is spectacular on a wide section of Lake Como that at sunset becomes breathtaking.
Venturing through Passalacqua's captivating interiors, guests are met with lavish comfort, adorned with precious marbles, dazzling chandeliers, and lavish Venetian mirrors. We had dinner under the ceiling painted by the personal painter of Napoleon… The villa's air of mystique is amplified by the stories of the hidden underground stone-lined tunnels, hinting at a bygone era filled with intriguing tales and clandestine escapades.
During our dinner, we had a special dish that impressed us significantly. It was the celebration of the popular mixed pasta into a nobility of flavors with a delicate cheese sauce, bacon popcorn, and grated tuna bottarga. The Sicilian pairing wine suggested by the sommelier was a Biondi Pianta from Etna, a mindblowing rich blend of local grapes Carricante, Cataratto, and Minella bianca.
With its enchanting blend of Italian charm and captivating history, Passalacqua offers guests a delightful escape into a world of tranquil beauty and timeless elegance, not for everyone with rates starting over 1000 euros per night, an investment in an unforgettable experience.
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