Villa Pantea is a stunning 16th century palazzo located in the village of Torno and set on an 18-acre private estate on the right banks of the famed Lake Como. Exuding Italian charm and romance, Villa Pantea is the premier luxury residence in 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 layout has been done in collaboration with world-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola to add a contemporary feel to Villa Pantea outstanding 16th century art and architecture.

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Lake Como, Italy has long seduced visitors with its natural beauty and dramatic vistas of the southern Italian Alps. As a destination of choice for European aristocrats and today’s glitterati, Lake Como remains the epitome of a glamorous vacation destination.
The Villa 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 lakefront location is set over 18 acres (75,000m2 – as a comparison, 18 acres is also the area of the grounds of the Whitehouse in Washington DC)
The Villa’s location, architecture, history and incredible views are unique; but what really sets Villa Pantea apart is the villas 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 and custom-made Riva transfers. 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 Pantea complex and its 18-acre gardens are available for families and groups and is rented as a whole. The Villa Pliniana complex offers 18 luxurious bedrooms within four large apartments in the main villa plus three additional standalone villas, which in aggregate can accommodate up to 40 guests. The accommodations range from one to four bedrooms and 205m² (2,206sq-ft) to 377m² (4,057sq-ft) in size.


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. In addition, the Estate has a covered heated pool, spa, Turkish bath, Scottish showers, sauna, a heliport, ample parking and a large jetty. Each of the villas in the Villa Pantea complex boasts lake views and is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology.


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.


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 Pantea’s land was originally selected and built on by an Italian Count in 1573. The heirs of Count sold the Villa to the Borromeo court in 1590. Later, an Italian noble family became the owner of Villa Pantea in 1676, the Villa reached its maximum splendor. Over the centuries, the Villa has been visited by many artists, scientists and monarchs, such Lord Byron and Napoleon, widely loved for its beautiful panorama.
Poet Percy Shelley described Villa Pantea 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 Pantea 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 […]”.


• Full food and beverage facilities and services throughout the estate
• Billiard room
• Two large ballrooms
• Spa sauna, steam bath, emotional showers, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, solarium
• Capella Canarisi – a multimedia meeting room
• Casa dei Te – a panoramic view point more than 100 yards above lake level
• Indoor parking
• Helicopter landing pad
• Large boat dock
• Two large waterfalls in the estate plus the historic Pantea water source right in the center of the villa
• Excursions within our large private estate, including hiking trails


• Historical Property renovated to modern standards
• Interior furnishings chosen by Patricia Urquiola
• Fully equipped banquet kitchen
• Kitchens in all apartments
• Living room
• Terraces
• Custom robes and towels by D. Porthault
• Ex Voto Paris bath amenities
• technology, including complimentary Wi-Fi, telephones, flat screen satellite TV and blue-tooth music systems
• Air Conditioning and heating

Main villa

Suite A. 3 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen,
Suite V. 4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen
Suite B. 2 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, kitchen
Suite W.1 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen

Halls, Garden & Loggia 2 large ball rooms, dining room, reception, billiard room. Loggia & Gardens Historical loggia (60m2) and gardens overlooking the Lake

Indipendent villas

Guesthouse 1 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, fireplace, laundry room
Refuge Pantea 1 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, living room, fireplace room, kitchen

Guesthouse 2 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, living room

  • Spa Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • emotional showers
  • swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • solarium
  • Capella Canarisi
  • Multimedia room
  • Casa del Te
  • Panoramic Point
  • Transportation Indoor and outdoor Parking
  • Helicopter landing pad
  • private boat dock

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