Villa Crespi          

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

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.

Villa Crespi

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Classic Rooms

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 Rooms

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.

Chandra Deva Wellness Suite

 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.

Antonio Cannavacciuolo Restaurat

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.


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Hotel: Villa Crespi

Address: Via G. Fava, 8 - Lago D´Orta 28016 Orta San Giulio

Region: Piemonte

Country: Italy

Official website:

Telephone: +39 0322 911902

Fax:  +39 0322 911919

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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.

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