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Villa Crespi
(from) US$ 489.82

Villa Crespi

ItalyOrta San Giulio


Villa Crespi (Piemonte)

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Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo
“The pleasure of taste, flavour and atmosphere”
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Just a few steps from Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is a spectacular property built in 1879. The villa’s arabesque architecture, stunning gardens and the hospitality of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia make a stay here magical. Antonino’s masterful cuisine is deeply influenced by the places and flavours experienced during his professional journey. His menu is an itinerary from southern to northern Italy, starting with a brochette of scallops and scampi and ending with pigeon and foie gras. From Villa Crespi you can contemplate a magnificent Italy, just 45 minutes away from Milan Malpensa: the medieval village of Orta and the Island of San Giulio, the famous site of Sacro Monte, and the Lake Maggiore.
Villa Crespi

Unique in the world: The villa’s arabesque architecture, stunning gardens and the hospitality of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia.

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  • Wine waiter
  • Children welcome
  • Air-conditioned restaurant
  • All rooms are air conditioned
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Via G. Fava 18
28016, Orta San Giulio

Tel.: +39 0322 91 19 02
Fax: +39 0322 91 19 19

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Set on a hill overlooking Lake Orta, the unique Moorish architecture of Villa Crespi and the sheer comfort and relaxation it affords guests make it a haven for lovers of fine Mediterranean cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Thousand and One Nights. Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s award-winning restaurant offers à la carte meals and two tasting menus with wine pairings selected by our sommelier to perfectly compliment the dishes and guests’ tastes. Each of the 14 rooms and suites have superb antique parquet floors and period furniture; gourmet breakfast is included and evening turndown comes with a delicious little thought to ensure the sweetest of dreams

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In 1879, wealthy cotton merchant Cristoforo Benigno Crespi constructed the villa in authentic Middle-Eastern style with an unusual distinguishing feature: its own minaret inspired by the fascinating architecture of Baghdad.

Even today the smallest details in this beautiful building are inspiring. Inside, the richness of the decorations contrasts with white-coloured accessories, such as the curtains or high-quality Italian linen tablecloths. The gardens are typical of the Great Lakes region of Italy, benefitting from an extraordinarily temperate climate due to the Alps. Throughout the year the temperature is mild, beneficial to the upkeep of the luxurious gardens. At Villa Crespi, horticultural richness can be seen every season, with camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, jasmine and hydrangeas. The long beds of roses are particularly impressive, and close-up, resemble those found in the gardens of the Vatican.