Romantic Palazzo 3 Nights
Located in the heart of the historic center of Lezzeno, a special place awaits you. Now you can live your dream in Italy as a guest of Il Palazzo del Vice Re; a unique boutique property only rarely available for holiday experiences, except to well-connected insiders.
Arrive at the Palazzo and check into your beautiful junior suite La Vista. Enjoy a chilled glass of Prosecco as you settle in, taking in the stunning wraparound views of the lake and the mountains beyond from your corner suite. Later, stroll hand-in-hand through the ancient lakeside hamlets of Lezzeno, discovering hidden charms around every corner in this typical Lake Como borgo. After changing for dinner, meet your English-speaking captain for a private boat ride to one of the town’s most beloved lakeside restaurants. Take a seat on the terrace at Ristorante Aurora for a candlelight dinner featuring specialties straight from the wood-fired oven and a chilled glass of local wine, watching the sun go down across the lake.
Following a late leisurely breakfast, meet your private guide for a boat tour of the villages, villas and gardens of the Central Lake Area – Bellagio, Pescallo, Varenna, Cadenabbia, Tremezzo, Mezzegra, Lenno, Sala Comacina all await you. The highlight of the day’s touring has got to be Villa Balbianello. This elegant 18th century villa sit on a promontory jutting out into the lake, delighting visitors with its lush gardens, its unique loggia and its historic prominence in Italy’s fight for independence. For lunch, continue on to Isola Comacina, Lake Como’s one and only island. Spend as much time as you like exploring the island and its multi-colored fishermen’s cottages and stately villas before rejoining your guide and Captain to return to the Palazzo for a little R&R. This evening join the owner of the Palazzo under the vaulted stone-clad ceilings of the Cantina to sample some of his favorite wines and delicacies, including melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and locally produced cheeses, honey and olives.
Enjoy breakfast in bed at the hour of your choice before heading for a morning in beautiful Bellagio. Meander through this beloved village’s ancient lanes and stairways, stopping to admire the historic buildings with their wrought iron balconies and to peruse the quaint boutiques, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Wander through the lush park of Villa Melzi, with its botanical curiosities and centuries-old trees, a you make your way to Loppia. Stop off at Alle Darsene Restaurant for a lunch on the restaurant’s covered veranda overlooking Loppia’s antique marina. For your trip back to the villa, opt for a private water taxi that follows the coast, providing optimal views of stunning lakeside villas, or take the public boats that zig zag across the lake towards Lezzeno. Mingle with the palazzo’s other guests at Il Bar for the daily aperitivo before taking the leisurely 15-minute stroll to nearby Crotto del Misto for a special dinner on the lake shore – the perfect end to a perfect stay…. Buon Appetito!
Time to say goodbye, but not until you have enjoyed one more breakfast at the Palazzo’s bountiful buffet…