Villa Pliniana has been built on an inlet of the Lake Como; it is surrounded by lush vegetation and nestled into the rock. Very close to the Villa, the stream of Colorée Valley dives into the Como lake after a waterfall of seventy meters.
The building is anchored to the rock, in the bottom of the lake, from both the upstream side and the front side. The loggia separates the main floor into two separate parts hosting two large halls, the reception, the billiard room, the dining room and the kitchen.
In the center of the courtyard stands a statue representing Neptune holding a trident. In front of the loggia, beyond the court, appears the rock face that outlets the intermittent spring whose water flows through the villa and then open out into the lake through the arcade placed on the facade of the villa.
A spiral wooden staircase, completely carved leads from the main floor to the upper floor suites. A comfortable elevator connects all levels to the parking lot.
Villa Pliniana recently underwent a full restoration and has been updated to the highest contemporary standards while maintaining the charm and historical details of the original design
The restoration of the existing buildings allowed realizing four wide suites with eighteen bedrooms and three independent houses. The four suites are located in the main building while the independent villas are spread in the eighteen acres of the park surrounding the villa.
All apartments have a view on the lake and have been designed to grant the highest standards of comfort. They are provided with satellite TV, internet connection, air conditioning and safe; moreover all of them are also equipped with private kitchen and laundry. Some of the outbuildings have separate entrance, useful for the access of the domestic personnel.
The strong connection between the water and Villa Pliniana has been enhanced during renovation works of 2015 by adding a spa. Located on a terrace above the main gardens, our spa entirely occupies a dedicated building and features an infinity pool, one that gives the beautiful illusion of swimming in the middle of the lake. Its water is supplied from the lake itself after being filtered and conveyed at fifty meters depth. The Wellness center of Villa Pliniana also offers a sauna, steam bath and emotional showers with comfortable locker rooms.
Private entrances to the Villa through its helicopter landing pad, boat dock or car entryway, enable easy and exclusive transportation through the Lake and surroundings. Venture out and enjoy the picturesque villages and sites of the Lake on our own Vaporina Boat designed by Patricia Urquiola.
Gardens and terraces
The Villa complex consists of 18-acre waterfront lush gardens and terraces all with sweeping views over the Lake. This utterly private Villa is the perfect retreat for families and groups to connect with the nature of Lake Como.
Luxury hotel service
The exclusive Palazzo offers the intimacy and space of a private home, coupled with the five-star service and amenities that Sereno Hotels is known for. We offer complimentary butler services, housekeeping and a concierge team that will help you plan your dream stay at Lake Como.
Ballrooms and billiards rooms
Two Elegant and Detailed ballrooms makes Villa Pliniana the perfect venue for events and gatherings. The main building also features a billiard room, a special place for bringing groups together in a fun environment.
Villa Pliniana was built in 1573 around the spring that carries the same name. The name “Pliniana” is inspired to the famous naturalists native of Como, Plinio the Elder and Plinio the Younger, whom, first described the spring and its peculiar intermittence in the first century A.D..
Through time other distinguished scientists, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Benedetto Giovio, studied the spring as well. The construction of the villa is due to the will of Count Giovanni Anguissola, governor of Como, whom decided to transform the spring and the surrounding land in a place of delight.
Through the centuries the villa went through alternated periods of great splendor and abandonment. The Visconti, the Canarisi and the Belgiojoso are among families who contributed to the splendor époques of the Villa.
Many famous guests over the years visited the Pliniana: among them the poet Percy Shelley, who left a wonderful description of the villa, Gioacchino Rossini who composed Tancredi in the villa itself , Napoleon whom “is said” to have played on the still existing billiard, Antonio Fogazzaro who adopted the villa as the set of his novel Malombra, later transformed by Mario Soldati into an homonymous movie in 1942 set in the villa itself.
The villa has been visited by many famous writers (Byron, Foscolo, Berchet, Stendhal) musicians (Liszt and Bellini), scientists (Volta, Spallanzani and Ghezzi) and monarchs Joseph II of Austria and Margherita of Savoy. After a long and meticulous restoration work, today the villa has been returned to its former splendor.