is the destination
in our visiting tour on Lake Como. A list of destinations is available, each with an audioguide. We travel northbound, from Como to Piona.
Via Regina 28
tel. [+39] 3331345379
Along the Strada Regina in Moltrasio you're bound to notice the gates of a grand, white villa. It is Villa Passalacqua.
was built for the Odescalchi family on the site of an old monastery that formerly belonged to the Humiliati order. The villa was extended to a project by Felice Soave at the end of the 18th century, when it was taken over by the Passalacqua family.
Inside are neo-classical frescos
by Andrea Appiani, including a remarkable Madonna with Child, dated 1790. There are delightful Italian-style gardens
with terraces supported by vaults and retaining walls. A 19th-century funerary chapel contains a number of medieval sculptures.
One of Villa Passalacqua's illustrious guests, between 1829 and 1833, was Vincenzo Bellini. Here, inspired by the beautiful lakeside scenery, he composed La Straniera
(The Stranger) and part of La Sonnambula