Lakeside retreat Villa Lario offers a taste of La Dolce Vita on the shores of Lake Como.
The freshly revamped 19th-century mansion once belonged to notable industrialists, the Lombardi family. A century later, the sprawling estate has been expanded as an 18-suite design hotel, complete with a restaurant, infinity pool and one lounge bar where guests can enjoy sweeping views in total privacy.
Rooms at Villa Lario start at €490, with the resort comprising four structures dotted along a secluded stretch of the Pognana cliffs: Villa Bianca, The Pavilion, The Garden Suite, and Il Palazzo – which was recently completed after a year-long renovation.
While the setting is classic, the interiors of Villa Lario are playfully modern thanks to Como-based interior practice Castagna 1939. It revamped the resort’s interiors, daubing them in serene, neutral colours and contemporary furniture.
At newcomer Il Palazzo, the sun-drenched ground floor reception room takes centre stage with its dramatic fireplace – originally part of the kitchen – mosaic flooring and restored frescoed ceilings and mouldings. Doors open onto two-acre of private gardens landscaped with Mediterranean vegetation to help guests reconnect with nature.
Back up the cliff in Villa Lario’s clubhouse, guests can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool overlooking Lake Como, taste executive chef Michele Tamburrino’s seasonal specialities on the restaurant’s alfresco terrace or take to the water from the hotel’s private dock.