Set on a hill overlooking Lake Orta, dating back to the late 19th century, this Moorish style, historic residence has been a private home and over the centuries became an exclusive place of hospitality for poets, nobles and rulers.
An eclectic masterpiece, it took 30 years to build, unique in the world for its style reminding of the Middle East and the fairytale-like atmosphere of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights: domes of intertwined arches, rich and refined adornments made of stucco and moulded plaster, painted and gilded, marble columns all reminiscent of the elegance of the minarets of Baghdad and Damascus, of the towers of the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar in Seville. Lastly, the towering minaret, a reminder of the Arabic architectural style, for which the Villa has become one of the most recognizable and emblematic symbols on Lake Orta.
In 1999, after a meticulous refurbishment, Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo turned this Middle Eastern charming villa into a landmark of Italian hospitality and a temple devoted to refined cuisine and good taste.
Villa Crespi features 14 rooms and suites, each of them having superb antique parquet floors and period furniture. Gourmet breakfast is included and evening turndown comes with a delicious little thought.
Antonino Cannavacciuolo is the chef patron of Villa Crespi’s 2-star Michelin restaurant. Antonino’s masterful cuisine is deeply influenced by the places and flavours experienced during his professional journey. His cooking philosophy brings two territories together: Piedmont, his adoption land, and Campania, his homeland, blending ingredients into an innovative and radiant cuisine.
Finally, in this unique and inimitable context, Villa Crespi’s Wellness Suite represents an oasis, a privileged escape from the daily routine, where to breathe well-being and savour the sound of silence. Sensory and holistic treatments accompany Guests through experiences of absolute and full regeneration. Dolomitic Water Aqva 1296 natural products with their delicate texture transmit a renewed physical and mental energy. The Wellness Suite at Villa Crespi evokes the spirituality that reigns on the enchanting and spellbinding island of San Giulio, ‘the island of silence’, a place of peace and meditation.