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Villa Maria Taglioni

Italy, Lake Como

Refined grandeur on the western shore of Lake Como in a gated private park

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Lake Como, ten minutes from Como by car or boat and directly opposite Villa d'Este

Travel Information

Milan Airport - 1 hour

Top Tips

Take an aerial tour of Lake Como with a seaplane collecting you from the villa's own dock


One of the few truly private lakefront villas on Lake Como

Villa Maria Taglioni

Exquisitely located on the southwestern shore of Lake Como in a beautiful gated private park, Villa Maria Taglioni and its adjacent sister property, Villa Serena, were once owned by the celebrated Swedish ballet dancer, Marie Taglioni, and have since welcomed esteemed guests including Bellini, Rossini and Franz Liszt. Now fully restored to their 19th century splendour, the two villas can accommodate 22 guests in refined grandeur, or smaller groups when renting the individual villas.

This fully-staffed property has direct access to all the pleasures of Lake Como; a private boat dock and a swimming platform that can be reached by steps from the garden. A seaplane can whisk you to St Moritz in 20 minutes. Neighboring Torno, with its charming harbour dominated by an impressive church, has a wonderful waterside restaurant, Ristoranti Momi and Villa d'Este is directly opposite - just a short boat ride on the villa's self-drive water craft. 

Villa Maria Taglioni offers elegant neo-classical Lake Como living for up to 14 on three floors, with grand reception rooms, glorious bedrooms and stunning lake views. Villa Serena is located in the same private estate and sleeps up to 8 in four bedrooms, taking the total capacity to 22. For those seeking privacy, but not requiring the second villa, the owners close Villa Serena  to provide exclusivity to those staying at Villa Maria Taglioni.

The whole property has been beautifully restored and is fully staffed with daily housekeeping for 4 hrs per day, seven days a week, including breakfast served between 08.00-10.00am. The property's cook and chefs are available as required and Luxury Explorer organises a special complimentary welcome dinner, wine excluded.

This is one of the few estates on the lake that offers complete privacy with no traffic noise. A skippered Venetian-style water taxi can be made available so you have no need to drive farther afield and the village is just a ten minute stroll away.

The estate's beautiful garden is a cornucopia of towering magnolias, rare cypresses, thriving camellias and azaleas, and thick laurel. The stunning kidney-shaped pool curves into the hillside, with a waterfall at one end. A casual outdoor living space has been created under a copper beech tree for refuge from the sun and perfect for alfresco dining.

Villa Marie Taglioni is simply one of the finest private residences on Lake Como and the perfect place for family or a group of friends to celebrate a special event. For private weddings the estate can cater for up to 100 guests ith local hotels providing overflow accommodation.


  • Enclosed estate with 2.5 hectare private park
  • Beautiful gardens, walking paths
  • Heated pool set in upper lawn furnished for 18 with lake view
  • Large deck around pool
  • Private boat dock
  • Granite stairs to private swimming platform on lake
  • Outdoor living area with comfortable seating
  • Outdoor patio for dining alfresco (accommodates 12 - 26 guests)
  • Underground garage with direct entrance to villa and elevator to all floors

Courtyard level

  • Primary entrance through courtyard
  • Formal entrance hall with staircase to first floor and elevator
  • Music room with Steinway grand piano and seating for 12-14. Three arched glass doors lead to stone balcony which runs the length of the house
  • Formal drawing room with working fireplace and seating for 8-10. Doors opens to balcony and garden
  • Formal dining room with working fireplace comfortably accommodates 14-26
  • Kitchen (six-gas and four-electric burners, large oven, convection/microwave oven, Amana refrigerator, separate freezer, small fridge for beverages, double sinks, two dishwashers). Glass door opens to dining terrace
  • Guest bath (shower stall)

First floor

  • Formal reception hall with elevator access and stairs to top floor
  • Sitting room with satellite TV, DVD and CD player. Comfortable seating for six
  • Lake-view north: double bedroom (king) reached directly through sitting room. Ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, open shower stall)
  • Lake-view south: double bedroom (king) with walk-in closet. Ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain)
  • Park-view north: vestibule to double bedroom (king) and ensuite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain)

Second floor

  • Central hall opens directly to sitting room and kitchen/dining room. Elevator and narrow spiral stairs (no railing)
  • Sitting room with TV, game station, CD player and comfortable seating for six
  • Kitchen/dining room with open corner kitchen (four-burner electric stove, oven, sink, dishwasher, small fridge)
  • Lake-view north: vestibule leads to double bedroom (king/twins) with ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower)
  • Lake-view south: double bedroom (king/twins) with ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower)
  • Park-view north: double bedroom (king/twins) with ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Park-view south: double bedroom (full) with ensuite bath (shower stall)
  • Guest laundry (washing machine)

Points of Interest

  • Como (all services): five minutes by boat or car
  • Cernobbio (Villa d'Este, restaurants): five minutes by boat, 15 minutes by car
  • Menaggio, Tremezzo: 30-40 minutes by boat
  • Bellagio: 30 minutes by boat, 50 minutes by car
  • Milan Airport: 1 hour

Rental Notes

Rental includes a welcome dinner on arrival (excludes wine and liquor). Heat, gas, electricity and air-conditioning included. The pool is heated in July and August only on request to a maximum temperature of 26 degrees C. Given the size of the pool, this can take several days. Complimentary WiFi provided, although there is not consistent coverage throughout the property. There are some hazards on the grounds (open lakeside, steep garden paths and stairs, etc.). The pool is deep with no shallow end. Children under eight must be accompanied by nanny. Older children are welcome with the understanding they are well-behaved and well-looked after by guests or guest staff. Owners' staff is not available for child-care services. Private car, boat and seaplane services can be arranged on request. Use of a 'self-drive' Lucia is included with the rental of the villa. A complimentary 20-minute seaplane tour for four is available, pending weather and availability of craft and pilot. Casta Diva Resort and Spa extends a 20% discount on use of their spa and wellness services to guests of Villa Maria Taglioni. It is recommended to book treatments in advance. Weddings and other special events are permitted at the villa. Additional fees and special conditions apply. Owners prefer rental of Villa Maria Taglioni and Villa Maria Serena together in high season. Saturday to Saturday rentals only; may be flexible during off season. Arrival time is 4-5pm; departure time is 10am.

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