The Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli will open for the season on April 13th. This 21-room fairytale Villa on the shores on the shores of Lake Garda offers a luxurious lakeside living experience replicating a stay at a private home. From croquet matches on the Villa’s ground to boating excursions on Italy’s largest lake to such small touches as complimentary laundry and mini bar, the Villa offers a rare Italian house party experience.
For those who want to enjoy the area, a number of options exist. One lakeside experience takes place on Villa Feltinelli’s own boat, “La Contessa,” reminiscent of a classic 1920s Riva boat. This 52-foot pleasure craft was commissioned in a local boat yard by the villa and is the largest privately owned boat on the lake. The hotel offers excursions on La Contessa through Lake Garda in the Gardone region. While cruising on Italy’s largest lake, guests can glimpse historic villas only seen from the water, ancient limonaia structures and beautiful rural scenery. La Contessa can frequently be seen shuttling guests to and from favorite lakeside restaurants. From September 9-11, guests can watch the “Centomiglia” the largest sailing race in Europe, from the shores of Lake Garda.
For the adventurous visitors, a scenic 3-mile hike leads from the edge of Lake Garda to the charming village of San Michele. Curious travellers will also love visiting Villa Vittoriale, once the private estate of Italian poet and military adventurer Gabriele D’Annunzio, now notable for its eccentric Italian Art Deco interior.
Few people can visit Italy without taking advantage of the country’s culture, namely a requisite visit to the opera or a tour of the region’s architectural treasures. About 45 minutes east of the villa by car, the city of Verona gives guests the opportunity to see the popular opera (from June 24, 2006 to August 27, 2006) and visit architectural landmarks like an ancient Roman theater and a restored Renaissance palazzo. A fascinating study in history, the city of Verona dates back to the time of the ancient Romans and is the setting for Shakespeare’s immortal romance, “Romeo and Juliet.” where one can still observe the balcony where the courtship took place.
To take sightseeing a step further, guests may employ the services of the villa’s personal guide, Chiara Garioni. A native of Gargnano, Garioni is extremely knowledgeable of the region’s history including the city of Salo, an area that once served as Mussolini’s puppet republic. She is available to guide guests to pre-historic sites, secret gardens, antique markets, cultural sites, historic city centers, and vineyards, among many other attractions.
Located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy miles away from the bustle of city life, Villa Feltrinelli remains comfortably secluded in what the writer D.H. Lawrence deemed “one of the most beautiful places on earth.” An 1892 neo-gothic mansion set on eight acres of lakefront property, the hotel opened in 2001 and is a product of Bob Burns, founder of Regent International Hotels and a dedicated devotee of elegant hotels.
Room rates range from 700 to 2800 Euros (April and October) and from 980 to 3100 Euros (May through September).