Christies Real Estate Magazine

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L ake Como, Italy VINTAGE GLAMOUR

Lake Como is a place rich with stories. Of historic palaces and dynastic families. Of adventure and drama and art and great romances. The town of Tremezzo, which hugs the lake’s western edge, was famously described as “that sunny, happy place” by Greta Garbo’s character in the classic 1932 film Grand Hotel . And though it’s not the same lodging Garbo was referring to, there’s nowhere better to relax into this particular sense of place than Grand Hotel Tremezzo , where stepping into the rose- scented lobby feels like a passport to the golden age of travel—of Belle Époque grand tours, exquisite personal service, and a luxuriously relaxed pace, all accented with warm, authentic Italian hospitality. Family-run for generations, the hotel has been lovingly looked after and meticulously updated, including the sumptuous rooms and suites, gilded lobby, and the exceptional T Spa, whose signature

treatments feature Santa Maria Novella products from the renowned Florence farmacia . Special attention has been paid to the state-of-the-art kitchen, where a talented brigade creates classic Italian dishes for L’Escale Trattoria & Wine Bar as well as for La Terrazza, whose innovative fine-dining menu is inspired by the late Michelin-starred chef Gualtiero Marchesi, widely considered to be the father of modern Italian cuisine. The signature risotto—creamy, al dente, luxurious—is adorned with gold leaf and comes with a certificate of authenticity that serious foodies will delight in. For those seeking a more intimate entertaining experience at scale, Grand Hotel Tremezzo also offers two unique villa properties for private events or overnight stays that welcome guests into a world of historic elegance, with the service of dedicated staff and full access to the main hotel’s facilities. grandhoteltremezzo.com; redsavannah.com

Clockwise from above: A Lake View Prestige Room at Grand Hotel Tremezzo; its classic exterior; Villa Passalacqua, one of two villas available to hire for private events; views from the pool over Lake Como.

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