Lake Como

Passalacqua​ | Owner, Valentina De Santis

August 23, 2022

We have a very special guest joining us today, our first repeat guest on the show, in fact! You may remember Valentina de Santis who joined us to discuss her famed hotel Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como. 

Well she’s back! And this time to tell us about the jewel box of a hotel that she just finished building called Passalacqua. This revival of an 18th century villa, might be one of the most stunning properties I’ve ever had the luxury of staying in. And on top of that, the family owned atmosphere, relaxed vibe, and local community truly bring to life the concept of dolce far niente.

Valentina and I chat about everything from the insane amount of Murano glass adorning the hotel, to the Italian craftsmen that designed every tiny bit, to the local gelateria owner who moved to the village for love. You’ll also get a smattering of celebrities, famous opera composers, and of course all of Valentina’s charm.



Listen to hear:

  • 02:27 – About Valentina’s favorite view from her new hotel

  • 03:51 – What “dolce far niente” is all about

  • 05:55 – How the journey to this new hotel started

  • 08:29 – About the vibes and moods of the areas

  • 13:02 – Why the chef from the gelato store brings memories to her

  • 14:32 – About Como Lake and its surroundings

  • 17:07 – What her favorite historical story that happened on the property is

  • 20:01 – How the monumental chandelier found its way to Passalacqua

  • 23:45 – About the fantastic details and design in each of the rooms

  • 30:48 – Why the outdoors of the property is as spectacular as the interior

  • 35:55 – What the signature scent of the property is

  • 38:25 – How a day on a boat trip differs from all the others

  • 40:53 – About Valentina’s favorite choices on the new property

  • 49:02 – What you will learn about the world and humanity after visiting Passalacqua

Listener Exclusive Amenities

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (included in rates)

$100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability

Complimentary Wi-Fi

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