How to Summer Like an Italian Noble

Step one: Gather a dozen of your most fashionable, fun-loving friends and block out a week in August. OK, traditionally you’d take the whole month, but we’re working on short notice here. Next, select a historic Lake Como home with museum-quality frescos, mosaico venezia floors, and Renaissance gardens overlooking the lake. Decamp for Lombardy.

The opulent residence for a lineage of dukes, counts, and marquesses since the eighteenth century, six-suite Villa Sola Cabiati is, as of this summer, available exclusively to guests of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo for special events and vacation rentals. When the villa isn’t occupied, the hotel can arrange activities ranging from tours with a Sola Cabiati family member to 12-course dinners for two, poolside family barbecues, and weddings and celebrations for up to 300 guests – just in case this summer sparks a more momentous occasion for next August. Private day use and dinners from $2,315 for up to 20 guests. Weekly rentals from $40,500 for up to 12 guests.

Read More: Five Things We Love: Grand Hotel Tremezzo