The History

A fairy-tale palace surrounded by .... reality                                                                   

The origins of Villa Crespi go back to 1879 and it was the dream come true of a wealthy cotton merchant, Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, who wanted to bring the charm of Baghdad back to his beloved Lake Orta.
It was originally named after Pia Travelli Crespi, like her husband a native of Busto Arsizio (Varese) and was gifted to her as an act of love, this being the reason it was called Villa Pia as we can still read on one of the gateways to the property.


Angelo Colla (1827-1892) was the architect Crespi charged with completing the project. He was one of the most sought after and fashionable architects of  the times.


Cristoforo Benigno Cresi wanted the architect's whimsical talents and indeedhe  perfectly interpreted his client's wishes, giving the villa a Middle Eastern setting that was quite unique, with superb stuccoes and arabesque carvings. The result is a masterpiece in the Moorish- Eclectic style which today is as breathtaking to the beholder  as it was then. 


This surprising villa has an elegant tower in the style of a minaret and its reputation as a place of charm and magic ensured  poets, captains of industry, princesses and King Umberto of Savoia were welcomed there.
In 1999, after careful restoration , Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo returned it to its former Midde Eastern character, making it into a point of reference for Italian hospitality and a temple to cuisine and fine taste.

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Alessio
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Esperienza ottima per qualità del servizio, cordialità del personale, "gastronomia" (cena davvero ottima) e fascino della struttura. Da consigliare.
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Maura
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Siamo stati molto bene. Accoglienza e servizio impeccabili, cosi' come la cucina di Antonino. Divertente e interessante il corso di cucina. Esperienza da ripetere e che consigliamo.
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Roberto
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24/06/2017
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Breve, troppo breve permanenza ma se pur intensa siamo rimasti molto soddisfatti del contesto , della cucina eccellente ,della cordialità ricevuta
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Riccardo
S.
22/06/2017
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L attenzione al cliente si percepisce in ogni momento del soggiorno fa sentire importanti ed al centro Perfetto
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Davide
C.
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24/06/2017
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In questa struttura nessun dettaglio viene lasciato al caso. Il personale ci ha messo a proprio agio da subito , il tutto accompagnato da questa villa incantevole . Questa esperienza non sarebbe stata la stessa senza queste persone, che con estrema eleganza e passione , ma sopratutto umiltà , hanno reso questo soggiorno una vera e propria favola . Vi ringraziamo di vero cuore !
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