Villa Crespi

  Via G. Fava, 8 - Lago D´Orta 28016 Orta San Giulio − Italy

  +39 0322 911902 
Fax: +39 0322 911919

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Villa Crespi. Close your eyes and dream. Imagine a building in a Moresque style with a minaret and an internal design that reminds the abode of an emirate. And elegant engravings in damascus style, arches in the shape of a horseshoe, frescoes ceilings in turquoise as the domes of the magical Orient.. However, glancing from the mullioned windows of this fascinating building you don't see sand dunes nor perceive the colour and aroma of oriental bazaars, but through the larch woods appears a clear vision of Lake Orta.

Villa Crespi 120 years after from its foundation, only a few minutes from the centre of Orta, still keeps untouched its charm even after a skilful refurbishment. The new hotel management, under the direction of the Primatesta family, has not neglected the slightest detail to render this "house" much more exclusive: a high level staff, a renowned restaurant and a wine list with more than five hundred labels.

The hotel is immersed in a centuries-old park that lies on the shores of the lake, a magic place synonyms of peace and authenticity of the ancient things. An oasis of alpine greenery enriched with wonderful gardens and green meadows in a Mediterranean climate.


An enchanted haven for all who wish for an experience of the emotions.

Villa Crespi was and is a dream come true, lying on the shores of romantic Lake Orta.

Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a  pioneer of the Italian cotton industry, while travelling on business in the Middle East was bewitched by Baghdad and its charms and in 1879 finished his own magnificent Moorish villa surrounded by a park that sloped down to the lake.
It had taken him 30 years to complete.

Originally the villa was called Villa Pia, as Mr Crespi dedicated it to his wife, Pia Crespi.
The construction work was entrusted to the architect Angelo Colla to whom Benigno Crespi left  carte blanche,  allowing him to express the very best of himself and his passion for decorative detail while highlighting the middle eastern character Crespi desired.

Over the course of time, a series of owners have held Villa Crespi, and when the Marquis Fracassi of Torre Rossano acquired it in  the 1930's, it became an exclusive place for visits by poets, nobles and kings, well-known all over Northern Europe.


Our commitment with your help.

Like you, we are sensitive to the impact our professional activities may have on the environment.

Which is why we aim to offer our guests a stay that also safeguards Nature.

Cleaning of the rooms and public areas is carried out using steam only.

The use of a vacuum cleaner which removes dust and filters the air with the natural energy of water is our daily contribution to reducing symptoms brought on by allergies. Another method our housekeepers periodically use in all rooms and suites is the sanitisation of the ozone, so as to render the area clean and suitable for those suffering from allergies to dust mites.

The same care for the environment is to be found in the restaurant where only organic products and ingredients of the highest quality, often produced locally, are used.

The drinking water used to prepare food is vitalised by means of a purification plant which gives a more natural flavour to the food.

At Villa Crespi, we are fully committed to the conservation of our environment and therefore most attentive to our consumption of energy. We have recently introduced a programme to ensure energy saving which allows us to monitor and manage our consumption, avoiding waste and guaranteeing optimal use of this precious resource. This program commences with the renewal of our interior lighting with LED technology and optimisation of boilers and heat regulation. The system is monitored externally by an Energy Service Company, which registers eventual anomalies or incorrect usage and intervenes in order to regularise consumption.

A corner of the Villa's gardens is dedicated to the cultivation of aromatic herbs used in Antonino Cannavacciuolo's kitchen.

We suggest walks and itineraries in the beuatiful countryside surrounding Lake Orta and we offer our guests the use of bicycles for their discovery of the enchanting and enchanted places so close by.

Classic Room

Discover our four classic rooms, the only ones in Villa Crespi with a balcony.

There is AISHA, MUNA, NAJAA and YASMIN. Each one features walls covered in antique pink silk, a large double bed and elegant parquet flooring. The marble bathroom has a tub.  

The rooms on this floor are the only ones in the villa which have a small terrace with a table and armchairs and a glimpse of the lake. 

You will also find a table and chairs in the bedroom, ideal for reading or writing at, for relaxing over a snack or breakfast served in the room.

Please let us know if you prefer two twin beds or if you require a cot for younger guests.

Deluxe Room

Discover our two cosy deluxe rooms with double canopy bed and views over the mature gardens of the villa.

The 26m2 of each two rooms, named Aidha and Isdihar, features a large double canopy bed with a superb parquet floor. The marble bathroom has a shower and enjoys natural light.

Overlooking the garden, the view is of the mature gardens and the lush countryside surrounding the villa. 

The table and chairs are ideal for a relaxing snack or breakfast in your room.

An extra bed or cot can be added, on request, for our younger guests.

Junior Suite

Take a look at our Junior Suites, two uniquely harmonious ambiences in royal blue to relax and rest in.

These 30mof relaxations and confort, Samar and Leila Suite, has royal blue wall-coverings, is L-shaped with a large double bed and an extra bed. It has a magnificent parquet floor and the marble bathroom has a shower and enjoys natural light.

On crossing the threshold of this suite one enters a small anti-camera from which one accesses the bedroom through the door opposite or the bathroom through the door on the right. 

The four windows on two sides of the suite ensure a light and airy interior and a fine view of the gardens.

This suite is ideal for family stays thanks to its shape, the long side of the L being ideal for the positioning of a single bed.

Executive Suite

Be enchanted by the bright light of our two Executive Suites affording views of the place that inspired its creator to build Villa Crespi.

These are 38 m2 of elegance and confort with the large double canopy bed and magnificent parquet flooring. The elegant marble bathroom has a large shower.

Facing south, it enjoys a lovely warm natural light from the large windows which enjoys an enchanting lake view and views of the the mature gardens surrounding the villa.

The intricately decorated ceilings, doors and windows are arabesque in character following the style the whole villa was built in.  

In the suite, the typically Moorish arches make for an open division between the sleeping area and the sitting area, the latter having a coffee table and armchairs near the windows.  

Master Suite

Be seduced by our four master suites, the most prestigious thanks to atmosphere, size and comfort.

From 47 to 51 m2, there are 4 differents types of master suites: AMIRA, NUR, RANIA and SHEHERAZADE.

These suites has a large double canopy bed and a magnificent parquet flooring. Each one has a marble bathroom and a large shower, ideal for deep relaxation and re generation.  

There's a lounge area in each master suite ideal for moments of relaxation and reading .

Due to the spacious nature of the suite, it is ideal for stays for families and more than two people.  It is possible to add an extra bed and cot on request.


Relais & Châteaux Villa Crespi is a haven for  peaceful, tranquil breaks or longer vacations.

The Villa has 14 rooms and suites on three floors.

Inside the architecture and Moorish style reflect the middle eastern theme which is also a characteristic of the exterior of the residence. 

Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, proprietor of Villa Crespi, in 1879 decided the Moorish style would inspire his “dream” home on Lake Orta. This style includes stuccoes and inlays that remind us of those far-off places which as a cotton merchant he regularly visited during business trips to Baghdad and Asia. 

Our housekeeper Liliya takes daily care of these rooms which are furnished in the elegant style of the19th century with Arabesque features in the doors and windows.

All the rooms are decorated with gorgeous parquet flooring and period furniture, the bathrooms being in marble. 

The Villa Crespi building respects the rules of 19th century architecture where the upper floors were the accommodation for service staff, with slightly smaller rooms compared to those on the lower floors which were for the proprietors and their guests.  

It is interesting to observe how the Villa stairs get narrower as they wind up to the area between the second and third floor. 

This is why the larger Deluxe rooms and Suites are on the first and second floors while the Classic rooms are on the third floor of the Villa.


Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Residenz Heinz Winkler. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate


Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Residenz Heinz Winkler. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate.

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Check out the route to Relais & Chateaux Villa Crespi, a corner of paradise made even more idylliac by Antonino Cannvacciuolo's two Michelin starred cuisine.  

Just 45 minutes drive from Milan’s Malpensa airport, an hour from downtown Milan and 90 minutes from Turin’s city centre, Villa Crespi offers great opportunities for sightseeing and more.

The motorways connecting Lake, cities and coast are: l'A8 (Milano-Laghi), l'A26 towards the Liguria coast and the A4 (Milano-Torino).

- From the Simplon: Domodossola, Gravellona Toce, Omegna, Orta San Giulio.
- From Saint Gotthard Pass: Locarno (CH), Verbania, Gravellona Toce, Omegna, Orta San Giulio.
- From Milan: Autostrada A26 exit at Arona, follow for Gozzano, Orta San Giulio.
- From Genoa: Autostrada A26 exit at Borgomanero, follow for Gozzano, Orta San Giulio.

But some arrive by air at Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate or Bergamo Orio al Serio, and then hire a car to get to us. We can also organize a private transfer for you.

If you prefer the train, the station of Orta Miasino can be reached from Milan or Turin, changing train at either Novara or Arona.

You can also ask us to get you permission to land with your helicopter a short distance from Villa Crespi, we will come and pick you up from your landing place.


Grant your wish for wellbeing that will appeal to the senses.

The name of our relaxation area is reminiscent of India, the land in which our superb treatments have their origin.  

Chandra as in the moon: all you have to do is close your eyes and you will be able to caress the moonlight as it enters the room.

Deva as in divinity, the divinity that is in each of our guests.

 We have chosen this name as it is the expression of  the whole  philosophy of well-being at Villa Crespi.

A fine range of ayurvedic treatments and massages with the atmosphere and fragrant incense accompany you on an exciting journey of discovery, guided by the professional care of expert masseurs.

It is possible not only to book treatments and massages but also to create your ideal massage formula for recovery of perfect physical and mental balance.

Take in the fairy-tale atmosphere of Villa Crespi with a couple massage and a relaxing bath with essential oils and rose petals gathered in our garden...


These are some true people and team workers suggestions just for you ... so you'll experience the true magic of our land.



“I suggest to all our guests a visit to the Island of San Giulio for its special aura of spirituality. Take a boat from the square in Orta for the five minute crossing to the island. 

The Via del Silenzio or Way of Silence goes round the island and offers a lovely twenty minute walk past ancient villas, wells, walled gardens and little alleys down to the still waters. 

The legend of San Giulio has it that once upon a time the island was infested with snakes and dragons that tormented the fishermen. St Julius as he is called in English reached the island by using his cloak as a boat, and with just a few well chosen works and no violence at all, convinced the monsters to leave. 

Today there are 80 nuns of a closed Benedictine order living there. Another lady, who like myself is English, also lives on the island and is a poet. She lives in the ancient house of the Alchemist and if you feel so inclined she will invite you home and tell you of the fascinating legends and thousand years of island history.”



“I have thought up an experience for lovers of fine flavours and beauty where charming little hill villages around Lake Orta mix with visits to farms where the products, cheese and yogurt, woodland fruits, jams and more besides, are particularly good and the views breathtaking. 

These will make a three or four day visit even richer once you have seen the village of Orta with the Island of San Giulio and the UNESCO heritage site of Sacro Monte. 

Miasino is a little medieval village with a fine church going back to 1627, the façade was only finished in 1933 by the architect Carlo Nigra from Turin, following the original plans. 

The current town hall is Villa Nigra, his beautiful residence. 

The main square offers a glimpse of real Italian life with little shops and a café and the chance to feel you are out of time while you revel in the magnificent views of the lake below."



“I love mountain sports in particular and summer hiking and downhill ski-ing in winter are the pastimes that relax me and also fill me with positive energy, like the places these sports take me, thanks to their great beauty. 

I suggest you choose an activity you enjoy and to take along a camera. I love taking pictures and enjoy immortalising moments with my little boy and our friends as well as the gorgeous views. Visitors to Lake Orta have a massive choice of things to do and fun activities.

Water sports are most appreciated in summer: swimming, water ski-ing, canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving off Punta Crabbia. The walks around our hillsides and valleys can be added to this long list, with something for all ages and levels of fitness.”



When my guests ask me where to go to see the beauties of our lakes, I always suggest Lake Maggiore.

Everyone has heard of Stresa and just the sound of its name makes the eyes of all seeking great places to visit light up. The lakeside town offers a fine walk along the promenade with gorgeous views of the islands and the elegant Belle Epoque hotels which alternate with the period villas. And do not miss a boat trip.

The Borromeo Islands await you, Isola Bella with theBorromeo family  palace and exotic gardens, known the world over. Fishermen’s Island is just a few metres from  Isola Bella, picturesque and full of charm, with its little restaurants, shops and workshops while Isola Madre with its village and period gardens and villa are a little further away.”



“I often advises our guests on the right itinerary: I find particularly evocative and full of variety in the landscape is the 100 valleys. 

With a taxi or a transfer which I will happily organize for you, you are driven to Stresa where you take a boat for Ascona in Switzerland and a little red train goes through the 100 valleys with all their cultural and historical interest. 

Glimpses of little villages, wide open meadows and majestic peaks will enchant you before arriving back in Italy at Domodossola and the transfer back to Villa Crespi and ... the magic of a gourmet dinner from Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s kitchen.”



“I love elegance and I never hesitate to recommend our guests, particularly the ladies, to the excellence our area offers. 

Anyone who loves to kit out the kitchen or dining room and does not want to stray far from the Villa will appreciate the Alessi outlet, known all over the world as the top design that is Made in Italy. The outlet is just 15 minutes away. Not everyone knows, however, that the Alessi family also produces fine wines from vineyards cultivated high above Lake Orta. Matteo, our sommelier, will tell you all you need to know about them and he will also organize a wine tasting for you, if you so wish. 

Just 30 minutes away at Romagnano are two outlets that specialize in cashmere fashion, among the world’s best known brands: Loro Piana and Colombo. The prices are discounted, a great excuse to think about the next season’s wardrobe buys and family gifts!”



“I’m fascinated by city life. This year I often talk to guests about the city of Milan, an important destination for fashion but also a center for art and culture.

Don’t miss a visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, or the Brera Pinacoteca and Academy of Art, the Sforzesco Castle and the Cathedral, if you wish to become acquainted with this rich city’s fine tapestry of history. And not far from the Duomo is the fashion area called the Quadrilatero for a shopping spree of the finest labels.





While visiting the lake, The Mediterranean fell in love and bore the alps the gift of its reach flavours.

Antonino Cannvacciuolo, the much awarded Chef Patron of Relais et Châteaux Villa Crespi boats two MIchelin stars and recognition in the most renowned food guides in Italy.

The Chef conveys his feelings and thoughts through his own philosophy of cuisine, representing not only his own professional path but also his experiences of life, his inner journey which from the traditions of his native South (starting from his beloved Naples) took him north to his present day home on the shores of Lake Orta in Piedmont.

Cannavacciuolo, like the perfect conductor of an orchestra, coordinates and leads his team who day by day spread their passion and love through the kitchens and dining rooms of his restaurant, making a visit to Villa Crespi an unforgettably exciting experience.