The swimming pool at the legendary Villa Giuseppina looks out across Lake Como to its eastern shores, with the Alps of Valtellina beyond

Halfway along the western side of Lake Como, in a magical spot opposite the fairytale village of Bellagio, sits one of its most celebrated villas. Villa Giuseppina has for decades played host to celebrities, politicians and business leaders seeking solace and beauty – and inspiration from the legendary views across the widest part of the lake from its swimming pool, terraces and private jetty. The Villa is now available to rent; LUX takes an exclusive private tour

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The Villa’s drawing room (above left) has picture windows with a postcard-perfect view of the village of Bellagio, five minutes by boat from the private jetty (right)

The main drawing room and, in the background, the library, which has hundreds of books spanning English, American, Russian and children’s literature (above)

The Villa’s entrance (above left); Lake Como lies at the gateway to the Alps from Milan, with mesmerising views from the mountaintops (below) – St Moritz and the Engadine are just beyond the mountains in the left background of this image; the formal dining room at Villa Giuseppina seats up to 18 people (above right)

The gazebo in the lower gardens (above) is the perfect spot for a business breakfast, or a deal-sealing Cohiba over a glass of Armagnac from the cellar

The Villa has seven bedrooms, each of them appointed in contemporary luxe style by interior designers who also work for Milan fashion house Etro; lake views add to the Villa’s appeal (below)

The villa has a spa with an indoor plunge pool (top left) and a Technogym-equipped fitness centre with personal trainers and spa professionals on hand – ideal for a fitness or detox retreat; some of the bedrooms have high-ceilinged, walk-through showers in Carrara marble (above); views from all parts of the Villa’s grounds are spectacular (top right)

Taking stock of the wine cellar (above), which contains rare vintages of the greatest Italian wines including single vineyard Barolo and Brunello di Montalcinos, as well as large formats of Sassicaia and Ornellaia, and top bottles from leading wine regions such as Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and parts of Australia; the pool terrace (below) – perfect for an intimate afternoon or special event for up to 150 guests

Villa Giuseppina: the facts

Villa Giuseppina’s owners have now made the estate available for hire by groups of up to 20, with private chef and butler service. It has its own helipad and is an hour’s drive from Milan’s Linate and Malpensa airports, and 75 minutes from central Milan. Private excursions and activities can be arranged on request.