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Villa Pliniana

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Torno | Bedrooms: 19 | Sleeps: 39

Rates: from £0 per week

Villa Pliniana is a stunning 16th-century palazzo built by Count Giovanni Anguissola and located on an 18-acre private estate on the banks of the famed Lake Como. The Villa was recently restored and brought up to the highest contemporary standards, while maintaining the charm and historical details of the original design.

The Villa Pliniana complex and its 18-acre gardens are available for families and groups and is rented only as a whole to guarantee privacy. It offers 10 luxurious bedrooms within four large apartments in the main villa plus three additional standalone villas that offer an additional 9 bedrooms total, which in aggregate can accommodate up to 39 guests. The accommodations range from one to four bedrooms and 205m² (2,206sq-ft) to 377m² (4,057sq-ft) in size.
In addition, the Estate features its own private spa where there is a covered heated swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, spa, Turkish bath, Scottish showers, sauna and a relaxing lounge mezzanine. There is also a heliport, ample parking and a large jetty. Each of the villas in the Pliniana complex boasts lake views and is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology.

Famed Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola has re-design the interiors of Villa Pliniana. The full historical restoration of the existing buildings was recently completed and the Villa was brought up to the highest contemporary standards while maintaining the charm and historical details of the original design. Of particular note are the elaborate Venetian terrazzo-style floor designs and the painted wooden ceilings in the two main ballrooms. The villas are exquisitely decorated and 21st century comforts mixed seamlessly with the timeless frescoes, boisieries, terrazzo floorings and fireplaces. A highlight of the Villa is the piano where Gioachino Rossini wrote the opera Tancredi in 1813, which still rests at the same spot where he once sat, but is now lovingly renovated.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

MAIN VILLA

All floors are accessible via elevator from the parking lot.

 

Second Floor

  • Rossini Hall which houses Rossini’s original piano, has incredible lake views and the original mosaic pavement.
  • Napoleon’s Billiard Room.
  • Access to the main loggia and central court with the celebrated Pliniana water-source and unbelievable lake views.
  • Second Hall with seating area.
  • Reception.
  • Waterfall apartment (3 bedrooms for up to 6 people): living room with TV and lake views, fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and lake views, guest bathroom, two double bedrooms with two windows overlooking the lake, each with its own en suite bathroom, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, bathroom with incredible shower and lake views.
  • Berthier de Wagram apartment (1 bedroom for up to 2 people): living room, fully equipped kitchen with dining area, double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower) and walk-in wardrobe, guest bathroom. All rooms have lake views.

Third Floor

  • Visconti apartment (4 bedrooms for up to 7 people): living room with TV and lake views, fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and lake views, guest bathroom, double bedroom with 3 windows and lake views, en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower), double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower); climb a flight of stairs to a twin bedroom and a single room that share a bathroom with shower (please note that being under the roof, the ceilings are low).
  • Belgiojoso apartment (2 bedrooms for up to 4 people): living room with TV and views over the lake, the loggia and mountains, dining room with lake views, guest bathroom, double bedroom with lake and mountain views and en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower), double bedroom with mountain views and en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower).

On the estate find also

  • Casa Shelley: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, living room.
  • Casa dei Plini: 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, fireplace, laundry room.
  • Rifugio da Vinci: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, fireplace room, kitchen.

 

 

WEDDINGS & EVENTS:

The two large ballrooms of the villa are equipped to host events up to 200 guests. The picturesque waterfront gardens can accommodate up to 500 guests for large weddings and events. Two large meeting rooms, dining room, a kitchen fully equipped for private catering services, a reception hall and a billiard room round out the multi-function space.

 

 

HISTORY:

The Villa’s site is first mentioned by Pliny the Elder in the first century A.D., which is what gave it its name. Since then, many naturalists and scholars have written about the very particular Pliniana wellspring, including Leonardo da Vinci. Villa Pliniana’s land was originally selected and built on by Count Giovanni Anguissola in 1573. The heirs of Count Anguissola sold the Villa to Pirro Visconti Borromeo in 1590. Later, under the Canarisi family, who became the owner of Villa Plinana in 1676, the Villa reached its maximum splendour. Over the centuries, the Villa has been visited by many artists, scientists and monarchs, such Lord Byron and Napoleon, and widely loved for its beautiful panorama.

Poet Percy Shelley described Villa Pliniana in a letter to a friend in 1818: "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty [...] But the finest scenery is that of the Villa Pliniana so called from a fountain which ebbs and flows every three hours, described by the younger Pliny, which is in the courtyard. [...] The scene from the colonnade is the most extraordinary, at once and the most lovely that eye ever beheld. On one side is the mountain, and immediately over you are clusters of cypress-trees of an astonishing height, which seem to pierce the sky. Above you from among the clouds, as it were descends a waterfall of immense size, broken by the woody rocks into a thousand channels to the lake. On the other side is seen the blue extent of the lake and the mountains speckled with sails and spires [...]".

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN LAKE COMO

  • Brunate, Funicular – Open all year round
  • Como, Historic Centre – Open all year round
  • Duomo, Como Cathedral – Open all year round
  • Como/Brunate, Mountain Lighthouse
  • Como, The Volta Temple/Tempio Voltiano
  • Tremezzo, Wine Tasting Evening in Cantina Follie
  • Bellagio, Villa Serbelloni
  • Bellagio, Bellagio Museum
  • Carlazzo, Meseo Della Stapa
  • Cernobbio, Villa Erba
  • Erba, Cave Museum
  • Grandate, Museum of Toy Horses
  • Balbianello Peninsula, Villa del Balbianello
  • Menaggio, Villa Viqoni
  • Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta

GENERAL ACTIVITES IN LAKE COMO

  • Shopping in Milan – take a trip to Milan, 1.5 hours via car and indulge in the craftsmanship of the silk and lace.
  • Explore weekly open-markets across the various town of Lake Como. Visit a shopping outlet in Foxtown, Switzerland.
  • Wine tasting in many of the towns – visit the Cantina Follie in Tremezzo and discover the ambience of this wine bar tucked away in the cellar of an old house in the town centre of Tremezzo. Sample wines either inside the cellar or on the terrace, while being served cold cuts of meats and cheeses.
  • Lakeside Villas – explore some of the most beautiful villas including Villa Carlotta and Gardens, Villa Del Balbianello and Gardens, Villa Melzi d’Eril and Villa Erba.
  • Nightlife – lose yourself to the music in one of Como’s two clubs, one being Lido di Lenno, or whisk yourself off to experience more of what Milan has to offer of the evening variety.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN LAKE COMO

  • Water activities: sailing, rowing, windsurfing, water-skis and kite surfing.
  • Trekking
  • Hang-glide, paraglide, seaplane
  • Free-climbing
  • Golf (7 courses)

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN LAKE COMO

  • Parco avventura Jungle Raider Park, Civenna
  • Water activities
  • Playgrounds in villages
  • Aqua Park (Switzerland, 15minutes from Como)
  • Swiss Miniatur Park (Switzerland, 30 minutes from Como) and Minitalia (Switzerland, 1 hour from Como)
    Alprose Chocol
  • Medieval Castle Vezio, near Varenna
  • Archeo Park and Dinosaur Park
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Milano Go Karts

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN LAKE COMO

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN Lake COMO

In general, the climate in Lake Como is very mild. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C. 

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN LAKE COMO

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN LAKE COMO

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 – 300.                                            
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked “biglietti” before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in LAKE COMO

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying “Zona a traffico limitato”.
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Location:

As a destination of choice for European aristocrats and today’s glitterati, Lake Como remains the epitome of a glamorous vacation destination. Villa Pliniana is located in the town of Torno, surrounded by peaceful views of Lake Como’s natural beauty, lush gardens, idyllic small towns, and delimited by waterfalls to the east and west. The Villa’s location, architecture, history and incredible views are unique; but what really sets Villa Pliniana apart is the Pliniana Water Source; that exits in the central court of the Villa, descends through one of the apartments and exits on Lake Como. A professional jetty assures the safe mooring of boats; a heli-pad allows easy connection to Milan, and main airports. Access by car all the way to the Villa is by a private road connecting to the main road. The Villa is 8 km (5 miles) from the center of Como, just a short 10-minute drive; and approximately 60 minutes from both Milano-Malpensa airport or from the center of Milan.

 

  • Torno: 1km
  • Como: 8km
  • Bellagio: 21km

Villa Pliniana is directly accessible via boat. Destinations like Cernobbio and Montrasio (on the opposite side of the Lake's shore) are best accessible via water-taxi or private boat.

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available on request. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
     
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Elevator
  • Helipad
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Lake View
  • Pool / Billiards Table
  • Swimming Pool (Heated Outdoor)
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Turkish Bath
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)

Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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