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Grand Hotel Tremezzo

History: 
    Grand Hotel Tremezzo
 in Lake Como Tremezzo

History

Since the early 1900s, Lake Como was an popular vacation destination for Europe’s illustrious dignitaries. After extensively travelling the world with his wife, Maria Orsolini Bolla, Enea Gandola was inspired to create a distinguished hotel along the lake’s beautiful shoreline that would cater to the demands of those European travelers. Shortly after the discovering Villa Carlotta—which alone commands the best views of the entire area—the Gandolas decided to develop a luxurious hotel along the shoreline of Lake Como. The couple purchased a nearby building called the Villa Porcetta in 1907 and transformed it into a wonderful boutique hotel. The family even oversaw the creation of a beautiful series of gardens that now extend for some 20,000 square feet. After a three-year-long renovation, the Grandolas debuted their magnificent building as the Grand Hotel on July 10, 1910.

Following its debut, the hotel experienced a period of great success until it was temporarily transformed into a hospital during the First World War. After the conflict had ended, Grand Hotel Tremezzo stayed apace with the evolving nature of tourism. In the 1930s, the Sampietro family purchased the location and guided it through the turbulent waters of the Great Depression and World War II. The hotel soon attracted many celebrities and luminaries alike from across the world. It was even immortalized in the film Grand Hotel, where Greta Garbo refers to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo as, “that happy, sunny place.” While the beginning of the Second World War brought upon the collapse of international tourism, Grand Hotel Tremezzo never closed its doors. In spite of such obstacles, Grand Hotel Tremezzo still endured as one of Italy’s foremost holiday destinations for the remainder of the century. In fact, this outstanding historic hotel celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010 to great acclaim.

In recent years, Grand Hotel Tremezzo acquired two additional historic structures to help service its guests. One of these wonderful buildings was—and still is—known as the Villa Sola Cabiati. Originally constructed by the Duchess of Carretto during the early 16th century, this wonderful location famously served as the summer home for the Dukes of Serbelloni for generations. Designed with some of the finest Baroque-style architecture in the region, Villa Sola Cabiati offers six opulent suites that visitors today may reserve. The other historic building is the Villa Passalacqua. Protected as a national heritage site by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (otherwise known as the National Trust of Italy), the villa originally functioned as the residence of Count Andrea Passalacqua. Passalacqua built the lavish estate upon the grounds an ancient monastery in the 18th century. Countless statesmen, business leaders, and intellectuals have since stayed at the building, including Napoléon Bonaparte and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.


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Austria 08000706176
Belgium 080081830
France 805542721
Germany 8007241217
Ireland 1800995320
Italy 800979444
Netherlands 08000200956
Norway 80054304
Spain 900814719
Switzerland 0800001798
UK 8009179622
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