Villa d´Este          

 Cernobbio - Lake Como 22012 Cernobbio (lake Como) − Italy

JP Moser stayed here!

Experience the splendor, the grandeur, the intrigue and the magic of Villa d'Este- an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, this famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.


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Set on the banks of one of the most romantic lakes in the world and just north of Milan, Villa d'Este was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The property comprises 25 acres of gardens, whose statues and landscape have been photographed for centuries.

The favourite playground of an Empress, an English queen and aristocrats, it was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873.

Continuously renovated and updated, without sacrificing any of its old-world charm, Villa d'Este today offers 152 rooms, all different in decor but linked by the superior standards of hospitality that you expect from one of Europe's truly legendary resorts. There are also four beautiful private villas - Villa Malakoff, Villa Cima, Villa Garrovo and Mosaic House - located in the park of the Hotel: guests are able to use all of the facilities and amenities of the Villa d'Este while mantaining the privacy and exclusivity that a private villa can offer.


Villa d'Este, a former 16th century princely residence, surrounded by a 25 acre park, is more than just a hotel. The luxury and magnificence of a bygone era is maintained intact. We simply added all the up-to-date amenities. Upon emerging from the revolving doors you feel the cares of the modern world slip away and the warm greetings of the staff make you feel at home.

The guestrooms, the corridors, the Hall and the public rooms are decorated with antique furnishing and art works which give the hotel a palatial atmosphere. On the ground floor visit the Colonne Room with its biblical paintings. In the Flora Room the statue of Eros and Psyche from the School of Antonio Canova and the 16th century Adam and Eve Carrara marble statues by Marco Antonio Prestinari in the Canova Bar. The Napoleone Room named after the Emperor who planned to visit but never showed up.


In 1568 Tolomeo Gallio Cardinal of Como built a Villa named Garovo as his private residence. It was owned in succession by a ballerina and a Napoleonic General, a Queen without a crown who renamed it Villa d'Este, a Russian Empress and minor aristocracy. In 1873 it was transformed into a Hotel.


Client Services

  • Junior Club during Summer months.
  • Babysitting on request.
  • Safety Deposit Box- in room or at Reception.
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in all guest rooms and in public areas.
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services- Monday thru Saturday.
  •  24 hour security.

Concierge Services (24 hour)

  • Private transportation and automobile rentals (Hertz/Avis).
  • Boat rental with or without captain.
  • Postal and courier services.
  • Hotel and restaurant reservations.
  • Concert and theatre tickets.
  • Travel arrangements.
  • Newspapers and magazines.

Villa d'Este became a Grand Hotel in 1873. It is a complex of two beautiful palaces: The Cardinal Building and Queen's Pavilion. The 152 rooms, equipped with every comfort, are all differently and elegantly furnished with antiques, paintings and vintage prints, silks, brocades, velvets of rare preciousness and luxurious marble bathrooms. Terraces, balconies and large windows take in the magnificent views of Como Lake which, along with Villa d'Este's park and gardens, is the main protagonist of the beauty that surrounds guests.

Double Classic

Located in the Cardinal Building overlooking the Renaissance courtyard. They can be connected to other rooms of the same class.

Average size: 344/452 sf.

Double Executive

Located in the Cardinal Building or in the Queen's Pavilion and both overlook on the centuries-old gardens. They can be connected to a Double Room, an Executive or a Junior Suite Exclusive.

Average size: 323/538 sf.

Double Deluxe

Very comfortable spaces located in the Cardinal Building or in the Queen's Pavilion. They all have a dreamy front view over the lake.

Average size: 376/430 sf.

Double Deluxe Superior

Spacious accomodations located on the upper floors offering a wonderful lake view.

Average size: 538 sf.

Junior Suite Exclusive

Elegant rooms including a spacious living area. Located either in the Cardinal Building or in the Queen's Pavilion with park or side lake view. They can be connected to Double Executive rooms.

Average size: 556/667 sf.

Junior Suite Top

Luxurious rooms with a living area. They are located in the Cardinal Building or in the Queen's Pavilion and they offer a wonderful front view of the lake with its changing colors.

Average size: 484/645 sf.


Elegant rooms located either in the Cardinal Building or in the Queen's Pavilion with breathtaking lake views, a real inspiration of timeless elegance. Unique for their refinement and precious furnishings, spacious surroundings reminiscent of the typical Villas of Lake Como.

Average size: 699/807 sf.

Presidential Suite

Located on the first floor of the Cardinal Building and are characterized by sumptuous and stylish space. From the balconies you can enjoy the magic view over the Lake and the beautiful gardens of Villa d'Este.

Average size: 860/1022 sf.

Cardinal Suite

Named after Tolomeo Gallio, who built the Villa in 1568 as his private residence. It's located on the first floor in the Cardinal Building and combines the utmost refinement of a private residence with all the comforts. The large private front terrace offers a unique and lovely view over what is considered the most romantic Lake in the world.

Average size: 1162 sf, plus 968 sf terrace.



Villa d'Este is pleased to offer guests seeking the ultimate Lake Como experience, four magnificently renovated 19th Century villas that are located within the resort's 25-acre park.  Villa Malakoff and Villa Cima are available for short term tenancies with amenities ranging from housekeeping to full hotel service.

Guests are able to use all of the facilities and amenities of the hotel, while maintaining the privacy and exclusivity that their own private villa can offer.

The interiors and décor of both Villas respect the patrician villa atmosphere that is traditional in Como and within the Villa d'Este. Guests will experience an elegance and attention to detail that is the hallmark of our service.

Villa Cima

Standing on the banks of the Lake, this Villa was built on the grounds of Villa d’Este in 1814 by Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales and future Queen of England, to house Count and Countess Pino, the Villa’s former proprietors.

The accommodations in this stately 650 sq. mt. (7.000 sq. ft.) residence are distributed over three floors. Luxurious décor is the keynote in the living room, dining room, 4 bedrooms and in the spacious, luminous kitchen.

No two rooms are exactly alike and each is filled with antiques and art. The views from the Villa’s spectacular windows are simply breathtaking and frame memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Many subtle touches, the utmost discretion, and impeccable service are the hallmarks of the Villa d’Este Hotels.

Villa Malakoff

Built in 1860, the Villa takes its name from one of the fortresses around Sebastopol, conquered by the French General MacMahon.

Standing on a small hill within the grounds of Villa d’Este, it offers splendid views of Lake Como and is where you will feel most at home. Its rooms are distributed over 3 floors and offer 300 square metres of living space (3200 sq. ft.). The rooms are tastefully and luxuriously appointed, and the warm tones and informal ambience of this grand yet hospitable residence will immediately put you at ease.

A stay at the Villa Malakoff is truly the best of both worlds: a private home with 4 bedrooms where you can enjoy discretion and privacy, yet one provided with all the amenities and creature comforts offered by the world class service of a Villa d’Este Group property. A stay at Villa Malakoff is truly a gift to yourself, a once in a lifetime experience.

Villa Garrovo

The Villa Garrovo was built in 1833 and was completely refurbished in 2015. Located within the Hotel’s park it offers both garden and lake views, just a few steps from the Cardinal Building.

Spread over 7,535 square feet, the Villa offers a stunningly beautiful and spacious living room with big windows facing out over the Lake, a fully equipped kitchen, 6 bedrooms with marble bathrooms all distributed over three floors and a multi-functional room (gym and relaxing room).

While respecting the elegant atmosphere of Villa d’Este, the Villa Garrovo has a current design. The bright veranda which opens onto  the hidden garden where guests can relax and find intimacy and a second terrace with a large patio (640 square feet in total) are two peculiarities of this Villa.

It is the ideal place for families and friends looking for a private home away from home yet with all comforts offered by the Villa d’Este and for very exclusive high-end stays.

Mosaic House

Set in one of the most spectacular spots of the Villa d'Este grounds, within the iconic mosaic garden and its Nymphaeum stands the Mosaic House. Recently restored, with access from its own private courtyard, it comprises 90 sqm of living space: a lounge area including a fully equipped kitchen, a one-bedroom suite, a spacious marble bathroom, en-suite closet and a guest bathroom. The current design complements the traditional harmonic features of the Lake with light paint shades and flower themed fabrics used throughout. An intimate and private stay yet with all the comforts offered by Villa d'Este and the hotel's renowned 5 star-service.


All the rooms are equipped with:

  • Luxurious marble bathrooms
  • Courtesy line of Villa d'Este
  • Large walk-in closet or armoir
  • Large bed or twin beds  (upon request)
  • Supplementary bed or cradle (upon request)
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Wi-fi
  • Satellite television
  • Digital films
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Laundry service

Little dogs are allowed in the rooms, not in the restaurants and bars.


Relaxation… an important part of any Beauty Center experience, is a special treat at Villa d'Este. Our Beauty Center is designed to make artful use of the blend of light, colour and water to create the proper environment for serenity and relaxation based on Zen philosophy. It is the perfect oasis to replenish mind, body and soul. The Villa d'Este Beauty Center is located on the first floor of the Cardinal building and is connected to the Sporting Club by an underground passage.

Sale the Villa d'Este Beauty Center Products

A wide range of innovative, customized and highly effective cosmetics has been created exclusively for Villa d'Este by Tuttestetica S.p.a, a leading research and development firm in the field of dermocosmetic, in cooperation with researchers at the Dermatological Clinic of Aquila University. The result is the Villa d'Este collection of cosmetics, respected by discriminating consumers worldwide.

The formulas used in the Villa d'Este line are made up of exclusive ingredients, including polyvitamin functional complexes, plant extracts and natural essential oils.


Efficacious and personalized, the Beauty Center offers a complete list of facial and body treatments whose aim ranges from pure relaxation to age-defying services. Manicures and Pedicures are also on the menu. Therapists will consult with you to create a tailored program that meets your specific beauty goals.

Enjoy our "Power Peel", a safe and gentle approach to counteracting the effects of pollution and aging by removing dead and damaged skin.  Your skin will look healthy and luminous and leave you wanting more.

For a pre-vacation full body work up, try a Total Body Peeling paired with one of our anti-oxidant facials and massage or our Vitamin C treatment, which leaves skin looking taught and youthful.


The fitness center is located in the Sporting Club building.  Modern equipment is available in an air-conditioned room, complete with televisions to entertain you as you exercise.  Physical trainers are available upon request. The fitness room is open daily from 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Children below 14 years have to be accompanied by an adult.


Sauna and Turkish Bath are located in the Sporting Club building. A Kneipp course is available for women. They are open daily from 7.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. You will find there are separate areas for ladies and gentlemen.


Three swimming pools are available, all heated.

On the Lake

This unique pool floats on the lake, with a built-in Jacuzzi. It is open daily in Summer from 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m (children under 12 years old not admitted)

The Jacuzzi is available from 9.30 a.m to 7.00 p.m.Children are admitted from 10 years old and accompanied by an adult.


Located in the Sporting Club building, it can be reached from the first floor of the Cardinal Building through an underground passage.

Open daily from 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Kid's pool

Outdoor, near the floating pool. It is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Since 1873,The Villa D’Este has been the premier destination for summit meetings and extraordinary special events. This timeless villa, surrounded by the eternal beauty of Lake Como is a fusion of age old charm and absolute modernity, featuring the most up to date technology and services. It boasts unparalleled privacy, luxury and perfection. A gate marks the boundary between this world class hotel and the rest of the world.

Meeting Rooms

State-of-the-art communication and audiovisual technological equipment. All our meeting rooms enjoy natural light.


  • Brunswick (25,90m2).
  • Torlonia (116,44m2).
  • Pino (148,00m2).
  • Gallio (73,78m2).
  • Ciani (48,28m2).
  • Regina (63,00m2).
  • Artusi (138,00m2).
  • Pergami (85,25m2).
  • Impero (230,00m2).
  • Colonne (153,00m2).
  • Napoleone (63,90m2).


From the moment that your guests enter the gates of Villa d'Este, they will know that they are in a fairy-tale setting.

For centuries considered the playground of royals, sultans and VIPs of all types, for one day, you and your guests will relish in the history that makes this magnificent 16th century villa one of the world's leading destinations.

Lushly landscaped gardens (25 acres of them), breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine, best in class service and luxurious rooms make Villa d'Este the premier setting for the most memorable day of your life.

Our bridal consultants will spare no detail to ensure that your event is executed flawlessly and elegantly.  They will assist with everything from menus, floral design and musical entertainment, to ensuring that the bride and groom are comfortable and relaxed pre and post the big event.


Many guests plan their annual stay at Villa d'Este around the exciting Summer Festival season.  From June to August, the gardens along the Lake are alive with music, dance and joie de vivre.

Dine under the stars and dance away the night at one of these magnificent evening galas.  Gala dinners, live music, fireworks and the magnificent mosaic, an iconic image of Villa d'Este, as the backdrop make for unforgettable memories.


While staying at the Hotel guests can enjoy outdoor and indoor activities.

The Sporting Club is directly connected to the Cardinal Villa through an underground passageway. Indoor pool, fitness room, Sauna, Turkish baths, squash courts, electronic golf simulator.

Jogging Trail

If you love fitness and jogging you cannot miss the jogging trail that winds through the park of Villa d’Este. Along the way you will find 15 stopping places where you a sign suggests some exercises. The starting point is at the Mosaic. Along the 0.3 mile path you will be surrounded by nature and be astonished by the stunning view as well as by a series of fortresses and towers. These were built according to Vittoria Peluso’s will at the end of XVIII century since she feared that her husband, Count Domenico Pino – Napoleonic General – might suffer from war nostalgia and boredom.


The tennis center is located in the park, offering 8 courts. They are open from from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Tennis pros are available for play or instruction and rackets are available for rental.


Lake Como is the right place to practice waterskiing. You can waterski at Villa d’Este daily from 11.00am to 6.30pm. For bookings and further information please contact the staff at the Sporting Club.


The wind by the lake allows you to practice sailing, a very popular sport. Sailboats are available for rental daily from 9.30am to 7.00pm.


Lake Como is a favorite destination of windsurfers, both professionals and amateurs; fine weather and a favorable wind make practice of this sport easy. Windsurfs are available for rental from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm.


The perfect sport to be performed on the Lake, it's wonderful way to appreciate the magnificent landscape and highly rewarding in the mild climate: canoeing can be practiced daily from 9.30am 7.00pm.


Located at the Sporting Club, the squash court is open daily from 7.00am to 8.00pm. Squash rackets can be rented.

Electronic golf

Located at the Sporting Club, it has ten international golf courses, It is open daily from 8.00am to 8.00 pm, on request.

Putting Green

Located near the main entrance of Villa d'Este, on this practice area one can train for major golf competitions or just become more familiar with the rules of this sport. Available daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm.


A beautiful 18-hole course designed by Peter Gannon which winds its way through chestnut, ash and pine trees sheltering golfers even from the intense August heat. Villa d'Este is considered one of the most challenging and difficult par 69's in Europe, even though it is the site of several amateur competitions each year. The club house overlooks several holes and a spacious view of the Montorfano lake.

7 miles from Villa d'Este.


from March to December.
Closed on: Tuesday.


18 holes, 6331 yards, par 69, SSS 71.


Via per Cantù
22030 Montorfano (Como)
Phone: 031-200200
Fax: 031-200786

Our Concierge is at your disposal to help you with the reservartion both at the Golf Club Villa d'Este and at the other Golf courses nearby.


Overlooks the Lake and the gardens. It is formal and elegant (jacket and tie are required for men in the evening). Glassed-in or al fresco, windows are automated and can disappear into the ground. In the Summer tables are also set up on the terrace. The menu is traditional Italian haute cuisine. The wine list is excellent.

Breakfast: 7.00 am to 10.30 am.

Lunch: 12.15 pm to 2.15 pm.

Dinner: 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm.


Informal, yet the ambience is cozy and chic. The menu lists an interesting variety of regional dishes with a choice of the best Italian wines. In the Summer, meals are served in the garden under the century-old plane trees.

From 7.00 pm to 11.30 pm.


This Restaurant features simple and refined food, in a casual yet intimate atmosphere. Informal dinners are served either inside or on the beautiful terrace that overlooks the lake and gardens.


Casual, it overlooks the sundeck and the floating swimming pool. The bar serves light lunches and snacks, salads, sandwiches and a pasta dish of the day and it is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.


Open from 10.00 am to midnight. Drinks and light snacks are available in a refined ambience. Live music from 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm and again from 10.00 pm to midnight.


Lakeside, drinks and snacks are served under chestnut trees amidst the scent of jasmine flowers.


Open from April till the end of October, on Saturdays from 10.00 pm to 1.00 am. During the summer months, weather permitting, the band will play on the lake front terrace under the stars from 10.00 pm to half past midnight. 


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Hotel: Villa d´Este

Address: Cernobbio - Lake Como 22012 Cernobbio (lake Como)

Region: Lake Como

Country: Italy

Official website:

Telephone: +39 031 3481

Fax: +39 031 348873

By plane:

Milan Linate - National Flights and Charters.

Follow directions toward Como - Chiasso (highway A9) untill you reach the Como Nord exit (the last exit before the Swiss border).

Approximately 83 Km and 90 minutes time.

Milano Malpensa - International Flights.

Follow directions toward Milano (highway A8).

Take the A9 highway (direction Como-Chiasso) untill you reach the Como Nord exit (the last exit before the Swiss border).

Approximately 67 Km and 60 minutes time.

Lugano Agno - International and Swiss National Flights.

Follow the directions toward Lugano, then Lugano-Milano highway (E35).

200 meters after the Swiss/Italian border crossing, exit on your left at Como Nord/"Cernobbio/Lago". Then drive toward the lake and through Cernobbio until  you find the Villa d'Este entrance on your right.

Distance Km. 34 and about 30 minutes time.

By train:

Como San Giovanni is a major railway station, connecting Northern and Southern European rail lines. There are hourly connections to Milan train station.

By limo service

Private car

Highway A9 (Milan - Switzerland): Exit Como Nord then follow the direction to Cernobbio, cross the village; Villa d'Este gate is on the right side.

By private helicopter

Villa d'Este owns a private helipad for those who prefer private helicopter transfer.

Navigazione Lago di Como

The Lake boat ferry system has stops at Cernobbio and Villa d'Este.

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