Situated between Il Dosso di Lavedo and the Comacine Island, Villa Ano is one of the grandest and oldest properties in the region of Lake Como. The Villa provides spectacular panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains that can be seen from the elegant lakeside garden with its immaculate lawn and picturesque manicured topiaries framing the view. The origins of Villa Ano can be traced back to the mid 16th century and are strongly linked to the noble Giovio family who used it as their residence. At the end of the 16th century, the villa was sold to Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who redesigned the original palazzo after the drawings of Pellegrino Tibaldi. It is a monument that has only gained splendor over time, as it passed from owner to owner. The construction of new building elements, the painting of magnificent frescoes, and the cultivation of an increasingly extensive and extraordinary garden have all helped make it a vital part of the history of Lake Como, a region of exemplary natural, intellectual, and artistic heritage. Villa Ano reached a new height of glory at the end of the 18th century, when Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, politician and patron of the arts, acquired the Villa and transformed it into a marvelous workshop of ideas and art. The villa has been beautifully restored, preserving the elegance and the architecture of the Baroque era. The restoration project was entrusted to the French interior designer Jacques Garcia by a new owner, the Heritage Collection. As a known connoisseur of 17th and 18th-century decorative arts, Garcia has been involved in restoring numerous historic properties, including the Palace of Versailles and his internationally lauded recent exposition in the Louvre. His name is also behind the designs of such place as la Mamounia in Marrakech and the NoMad Hotel in New York, as well as the Hotel Costes and La Réserve hotel in Paris. In Villa Ano, Jacques Garcia renovated almost 6,500-square-foot living space on three floors, including a grand hall with Baroque frescoes, a piano hall with a Steinway concert grand, an indoor pool with a vaulted ceiling, and a formal dining room. Jacques Garcia hired Italian artists to meticulously uncover the frescoes in almost every room, a task that took four years. The flooring had been another victim of time. Jacques Garcia was lucky to find a large quantity of local colored stone, which he put in the main hall. He brought in museum-quality artworks and furnishings and used haute couture fabrics such as the red Veraseta silk for bedding. For the bathrooms, he sourced rare and exquisite marbles. The renovation introduced modern touches too: Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, water pressure for a proper shower, and a professional kitchen in Arclinea stainless steel. Villa offers the accommodation in its six luxury suites in the main palace, four additional bedrooms in the left-wing and five bedrooms in the adjacent building. Villa Ano is also an ideal venue for any kind of events, weddings and seminars.
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