Milan Malpensa – 80 km
When guests arrive by boat at the landing, and see Villa Regina, one of Lake Como’s most renown villas, for the first time, they are struck by its harmonious beauty. A double staircase with a grey stone balustrade, leads up from the water to the large wrought-iron gate surmounted by a gilded "S" and a Duke's crown.
The gate’s stone columns, topped with statues of mythical figures and animals reminiscent of an enchanting fairytale world, invite guests to enter through its portals.
Beyond the gate lie four parterre flower gardens laid out in the Italian style. In it, red, white and grey lake pebbles pick up the nuanced colors of the flowers to form a multi-colored arabesque.
The Villa’s History and Architecture
Villa Regina, the beloved summer residence of the Serbelloni Dukes, is a late Baroque style villa whose central body was commissioned by the Del Carretto Dukes at the beginning of the 1500s. In the second half of the 1700s, Duke Gabrio Serbelloni had the rounded tympana and balconies added to the façade; these and the two wings he also had built, gave the Villa its present aspect.
The pearl grey color of the building’s stone and stucco work is relieved by the pale blue color of its shutters.
A stone medallion bearing the Sola Cabiati family crest surmounts the Villa façade whereas the family motto, villulae quietem, sculpted in the entrance lintel, invites guests to days of quiet repose. The property passed to the Counts of Sola Cabiati and their heirs through marriage and has not changed hands since.
The private collection
On the piano nobile of the Villa Regina are the magnificent rooms decorated by Muzio Canzio and Francesco Conegliano, both Milanese pupils of Tiepolo. Also on this floor is the family’s private museum that guests may visit upon appointment and only in the presence of a knowledgable family member to accompany and guide them. On display in the museum is the furniture originally from the Napoleonic apartment in Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan where Bonaparte and his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, had briefly stayed; just days before Milan and Palazzo Serbelloni were bombed in August of 1943, the furniture taken to the Villa for safekeeping. Most of the Palazzo burned to the ground in the ensuing fire but these inestimable treasures, including the bed Napoleon slept in, were fortunately saved from destruction. On the top floor of the museum are the rooms that belonged to Giuseppe Parini, tutor for the Serbelloni children in their humanistic studies and Abbot Paolo Frisi, mathematician, who taught them maths.
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