This floating castle appears to be from an enchanted fable, but in actuality it is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
Above the entrance of the Villa Sola Cabiati, the words “Villulae Quietem” can be seen inscribed into the magnificent, centuries-old stone facade. Meaning “the stillness of a small villa”, this inscription was made in homage by its former owners, the Dukes of Serbelloni.
Once home to the noble Serbelloni family, the Villa now opens its doors to guests from all over the world. Currently managed by the nearby Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the 16th century Villa is full of decadent interiors and historic pieces of art and furniture – even some belonging to one of Europe’s infamous emperors.
The Villa was originally built in the early 16th century as a commission for the Duchess of Carretto. Two centuries later, the Serbellonis purchased the stately Baroque-style residence to use as their summer home. Expanding off the existing building, the family transformed the Villa into the majestic Neoclassical style building it is today.
Along with its marble balconies and signature blue shutters, the Serbellonis filled their home with exquisite interiors. Over the centuries, the Villa remained in private ownership and continued to acquire notable art and furniture. During WW2, the bed of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais was even moved to the Villa from Milan to save it from a fire.
In 2016, the Villa was contracted to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo over a cup of coffee between the hotel’s CEO and the noble family. Currently, guests can live like Italian nobility – among the Villa’s stunning frescos and elegant Italian gardens – for the handsome price of $40,000 for one week.
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