I valori e principi di Villa Crespi, per un pianeta più vivo, sostenibile

The values and principles of Villa Crespi, for a more lively, sustainable planet

I valori e principi di Villa Crespi, per un pianeta più vivo, sostenibile

The principles and values of Villa Crespi are to ensure new generations a planet full of life and sustainability, flourishing nature and hope, where they can nurture their dreams and experience excitement and emotions.

Dear friends,

We would like to thank you for the trust you’ve given to our wonderful Residence during the summer season. You were extraordinary and very supportive in this incredibly delicate period our country and the whole world has been living.

The difficult health emergency that once again is putting us to the test, certainly has not taken away our desire to be ready, more than ever. We aim to make your stay at Villa Crespi as harmonious and safe as possible.

This is why Villa Crespi has proudly decided to makes its mark, to project its values and principles into the future and ensure new generations a planet full of life and sustainability, flourishing nature and hope, where they can nurture their dreams and experience excitement and emotions.

The hope … we see in your eyes upon arrival … we see in your smiles as you savor the dishes we have carefully paired with local organic products chosen daily, farm-to-table for you, along with herbs grown directly by our gardeners and picked by our staff in the garden corner of our century-old park.

Respect and safety

We take care when cleaning the rooms and common areas, which is done exclusively with steam. A dedicated vacuum cleaner is used to remove dust and filter the air with the natural energy of water, thereby reducing allergy symptoms. All mattresses and pillows are covered with soft, certified anti-mite mattress covers and cases. Our housekeepers use, in all rooms and suites, ozone sanitizing, which, in this delicate period, enables us to provide maximum cleanliness and hygiene of private spaces during your stay.

This past year we have integrated not only in the areas dedicated to guests but also in all those used by our employees, a state-of-the-art active sanitization system using advanced technology capable of eliminating most of the pollutants in the air. The same system was developed and used by NASA to sanitize the areas destined for aerospace missions.

Protecting our planet

We have focused on safeguarding the environment, and we do so with small daily actions to help reduce and efficiently manage waste.

For example, the amenities found in our rooms and suites are made of glass as we try to reduce the use of plastic as much as possible.

Our goal is to become a Plastic Free facility by 2021.

Aware of the immeasurable value nature offers us, we are trying to adopt all the necessary precautions to become an organic whole with the richness of the environment around us. We’ve been doing this since 2018, when we decided to devote a part of our park to 5 beehives. We care for them daily, and in return, we are gifted with delicious honey you can enjoy in the morning at breakfast or find in our desserts.

Villa Crespi also devotes particular attention to energy consumption. The very reason we have launched an energy efficiency program to track and manage energy consumption while avoiding any potential waste in each department. A small gesture that may seem trivial, but has long since become a rule in our house, is the use of energy-efficient light bulbs wherever possible. All rooms and suites have a new system of valves for the air conditioning and heating systems designed to ensure energy efficiency. Each guest can control the temperature inside their own room. With this system, we can significantly reduce energy waste.

We would also like to proudly share with you how we’ve taken care of our most precious assets. Since 2006, thanks to a purification plant, all drinking water used at Villa Crespi gets purified. This system makes it possible for us to provide better, more natural tasting dishes and water you can drink in total safety. Since 2017 Villa Crespi has two dedicated EV charging stations, allowing us to assist you in recharging your car during your stay if necessary.

The importance of a single gesture

These past few months and the one we are currently living can only lead us to think carefully, to think about each single gesture, even those most obvious ones, which can help us all to improve together. Conveying this thought, as well as our philosophy of hospitality and cuisine, is for us an integral part of what represents the Villa Crespi experience.

We wish to give you an opportunity to join us, to face together the future that lies ahead….today with a bit of uncertainty but with the desire to “live” that ties us together now more than ever.

Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo

A chat with Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo

Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo

A fresh start. For everyone, finally. Even Villa Crespi is ready to reopen its doors, the same team and same enthusiasm as always, “but with a new awareness of time, which we have to retrieve and savor once again.”

Cinzia Primatesta, the owner of Villa Crespi, clearly has an idea of the possibilities post-COVID reopening phase could offer. To confidently look towards the future, and turn the page, it is time to take stock of these extremely unusual 60+ days.

Cinzia, how did you deal with the closure in March?

It was an intense and obviously very sad moment. But we were aware that closing was the safest and most logical solution for dealing with the first period of the epidemic. Our attention immediately turned to the well-being of our employees and staff. We wanted to maintain a sense of team and belonging, and could continue to do so thanks to the technology we now have available. This time didn’t go to waste; our staff had the chance of participating in any training course of their choice. At the same time, we were also thinking of our guests.

Your guests? In what way?

Simply by letting them know we were here. A phone call. A message. A gesture of solidarity. A little something not necessarily related to a commercial, economic or customer-supplier relationship, in a time of general difficulty.

What are your thoughts on the situation our planet is going through?

I believe we need to find a deeper meaning. We have an opportunity to focus on complex issues which affect everyone personally. Key themes such as pollution and respect for the earth and water surrounding us. We need to invest in the well-being of the environment and people. By dedicating first a bit of attention to ourselves, we can do good for the community and the environment; taking care of ourselves both mentally and physically, and eating healthily. Choosing local and seasonal products, for example. Discovering their naturally rich nutrients and ingredients. Selecting local markets and businesses. Eating well also means having a better immune system. As well as getting back to helping each other from the start. We still don’t know the full effect of this pandemic. We’ll only be able to understand in the months to come.

What new measures will be introduced within the structure?

Obviously, we are waiting to see all the regulations we will have to comply with. But at Villa Crespi nothing much will change from a logistical point of view. For example, the dining rooms have always been designed to provide guests with complete discretion. Without forgetting that we have been using particular sanitizing systems inside all the rooms at Villa Crespi for years now, state-of-the-art technology operating non-stop for perfect and constant fresh air ventilation.

Any major changes?

Our great surprise is going to be the garden restaurant. An idea we have had in mind for a long time and which only sped up during this lockdown. We now have the opportunity of offering our culinary excellence in the Villa’s garden. A very special fusion. We are studying to offer weekly menus, balanced and nutritious, along side the possibility of physical activity in the open air. Even a leisurely walk, which in addition to being great for vitamin D, is also refreshing for the body and spirit.

What are your feelings about this new start?

We are looking forward to starting again. And are delighted to be able to carry on with our mission, vision and work ethic. We wish to bewitch our guests, exactly as before. Our philosophy of hospitality is still that of welcoming guests into a world of authentic Italian charm where they might enjoy a new summer of life. We want to make time and dedicate a new awareness to those moments of happiness we experience.

Cinzia Cannavacciuolo tell her love story

I’m Cinzia Primatesta, Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s wife and business partner.

I still remember the day I was sitting in a car parked outside of Villa Crespi. It was in the middle of the nineties, and I was with my father and one of his friends. I remember him recommending my father a young Neapolitan chef for some months’ work in our hotel. Obviously, the young Chef was Antonino, but little did I know that that conversation would change my life forever. 

23 years later, I still remember the moment Antonino entered the family hotel to await his interview. He was sitting in the hall.. this is incredible, really! I mean, through the years, you see many people walking in and out to attend their interviews. But his interview…somehow I felt there was something special about this one. I felt a bond with him.

I think it’s a significant factor that I was struck by his charisma since the very first day. So far, Antonino’s charisma remains his distinctive mark. We started working long hours together.  So, our relationship slowly evolved and became a true love story.

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Discover our new winter menu

Cannavacciuolo restaurant winter menu

Discover the perfumes and flavors of winter, the centerpiece of our new winter menu, designed by Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo.

With the arrival of winter, Antonino, together with his brigade, will bring out the flavors of the season with his new creations which will celebrate the simple and marvelous ingredients found traditionally in Southern and Northern Italy.

Among the new winter menu are some key ingredients coming from the Chef’s homeland, Campania, combined with the excellence of classic Piedmontese tradition.

Indulge in the winter menu: local snails, white turnips, Piedmont’s “salsa verde” (traditional parsley sauce) and breaded amberjack fish, turnip greens and “bagna càuda” (delicious anchovy and garlic sauce) as an appetizer. The first courses give way to Carnaroli rice, local butter, sage and smoked herring and you just have to try one of the second courses like the lobster and caviar with chicken broth or the suckling pork with chestnuts, celery and chervil root. Finish off with a little something sweet, chestnuts, persimmons and Christmas Panettone.

Inside the Michelin two-star restaurant, choose something from the à la carte menu or enjoy the carefully designed experience for a gourmet lunch or dinner set in the uniquely magical surroundings of Villa Crespi.

Contact Information

Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday
Monday: closed all day

For information:
Call +39 0322 911902, from 10 am to 7 pm


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The Best Italian Restaurant In the World is Villa Crespi

Villa Crespi - miglior ristorante italiano Best Restaurant

People Consider Villa Crespi As the Best Italian Restaurant In the World

Villa Crespi looks like a dream in people’s minds. Sometimes, the every-day reality is better than dreams. Today, Villa Crespi has certainly lived one of those days. Why? Because Trip Advisor named Villa Crespi the third-best restaurant in the world. 

Villa Crespi is also the third-best restaurant in the world and the second-best in Europe. 

For the first time in its history, Villa Crespi’s success is international. And so are the dreams of those who look after it every day: from Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo to maître Massimo Raugi; from General Manager Stefania Siani to sous-chefs Simone Corbo and Gabriele Tatzi; from the kitchen to the office staff. 

Trip Advisor: The Truth First 

Villa Crespi’s Family achieved an important goal together. TripAdvisor represents the most democratic voice of high cuisine. 

On TA, users may express extremely different opinions: there, you“Get the Truth, Then Go.” 

In this case, the reality is that Villa Crespi is world excellence.

“TRB Hutong,” in Beijing, and “Epicure,” in Paris, are the only ones before Antonino Cannavacciuolo on the list. 

Twenty years of Success to become the third-best restaurant in the world. 

In the same year of the Twentieth anniversary of Villa Crespi, Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo have succeeded in another objective.

After hearing the news, they stated: 

 “Such a result makes us proud and satisfied. 

If we compare this year to the previous years, we notice that our presence abroad has grown stronger.

We thank every person who chose to be one of our guests, and that reviewed us positively. 

We will spend this wonderful moment with our collaborators. Without them, we would not achieve these important goals.” 

No choice but to wait for the future success of Cannavacciuolo and Primatesta’s family; given how the last years were, we are sure they will not disappoint us. 

Coccole e Relax

"Coccole e Relax" package designed by Cinzia Cannavacciuolo

Discover the luxurious package for a bit of pampering and relaxation designed for you by Cinzia Cannavacciuolo

Coccole e Relax” includes a tasting menu with offerings from the South to the North of Italy along with selected wines.

There are many ways to experience Villa Crespi, but only one has been specifically designed by Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo, Coccole & Relax, where you can enjoy an exclusive break at the Moorish villa overlooking Lake Orta, benefit from the Michelin-starred cuisine and unique personal well-being and treatments.

Three nights at Villa Crespi with à la carte breakfast served in your room

Coccole e Relax” includes a 3-night stay at Villa Crespi in a selected room or suite with a la carte breakfast served directly in your room.

Visit Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s kitchen

The Coccole e Relax package includes a 2-hour experience in the kitchen of Villa Crespi’s 2-star Michelin restaurant. A captivating and in-depth tour unveiling the secrets of one of Italy’s most renowned and coveted restaurants. It is here, within this sacred place, that cuisine becomes an art. Come and see how and why it happens. We are waiting for you from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

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From the South to the North of Italy – a romantic dinner for two

The Coccole e Relax package includes a romantic dinner for two at Villa Crespi’s 2-star Michelin restaurant. You’ll have the unique opportunity of enjoying an authentic food and wine journey created by Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. His cooking philosophy combines his two “homes” – Piedmont, his adopted region, and Campania, his native region. These two territories come together, ingredients are fused; cheeses and meats from Piedmont with the pasta and fish of the Mediterranean, to create a fresh and savory culinary experience together with carefully selected wines to enhance the evolving innovative menu. Villa Crespi‘s wine cellars, one for reds and the other for sparkling wines, champagnes and white wines, are ideal for storing the bottles at the best temperature and humidity.

Personalised well-being and relaxation massages

With the Coccole e Relax package, guests can choose between the Sound of Silence deep full body relaxation treatment (75 minutes) or the exclusive holistic Onyricon treatment (60 minutes).

Which one should be chosen?

Sound of Silence, deep full body relaxation treatment

This treatment rebalances one’s mind and body. It also stimulates the body’s flow of energy with specific hand movements made to the head and body. This ritual includes, in addition to the body massage, a wonderful facial mask.

Onyricon, holistic treatment

Exclusive holistic treatment deeply affects the body’s senses, which results in a state of deep peace, well-being and psychophysical tranquillity as it naturally stimulates one’s nervous system. During treatment, particular hand movements are carried out on the body’s fundamental points and meridians tied to sleep/wake rhythms. It’s perfect for tackling stress, insomnia, jet leg, as well as anxiety.

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Coccole e Relax – additional offered services

In addition to the Coccole e Relax package, a number of further exclusive services are available on request:

  • Private limousine service to and from Turin or Milan airports.
  • Boat ride with visit to the island of San Giulio.
  • Champagne rosé afternoon tea, with fresh pastries and savory delicacies.

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Villa Crespi e-bike

E-Bike experience on Lake Orta

Lake Orta and its Riviera offer a wide range of diverse experiences.

From “classic” food and wine itineraries or something a bit more romantic, passing through small villages in the valley or one of the many neoclassical villas scattered throughout the territory as far as Mottarone with its numerous natural panoramic views unexpectedly peeping out along a road or a path.

Villa Crespi e-bikeAnd what better way to discover our lake? How about a healthy bicycle ride? Or better yet, how about an electric bike? A new and ecological way to explore our territory while respecting the environment and nature.

Villa Crespi now offers its guests E-bikes, epowered by Bosch.

Let yourself be tempted by the flatter, easier roads leading to the steeper ones where you get the chance to enjoy breathtaking views. You’ll never forget these sights and they’ll keep in your hearts and mind for years to come. The Bosch Group’s expertise in electric motors, sensors, displays and lithium-ion batteries will provide cyclists plenty of fun with their cutting-edge “Technology for Life”. Check with the concierge for the best times and interesting excursions.

Electronic bikes

Electronic bikes are an intelligent mobility system; an extremely agile and comfortable way of getting around nowadays. They also offer a number of benefits for your health, the environment and our society.

Exploring the Lake with the Villa Crespi e-bike

Here’s an idea for a ride around Lake Orta on bike. How about an easy, 35-kilometer, 200-meter-high ride lasting about 3 hours?

From Villa Crespi head towards Gozzano. From there, go towards Pogno and the Valsesia before turning right at the roundabout in the direction of San Maurizio d’Opaglio.

Once you’ve gone through San Maurizio, head in the direction of Alzo di Pella. At the roundabout under the rock of the Madonna del Sasso, keep left and follow along Via Cave.

After Alzo, take the slightly uphill road leading to Cesara and from there to Nonio and Brolo. At that point, you’ll finally head down to Omegna with its charming lakeside promenade, called Buozzi. After the hospital in Omegna, turn right and follow the signs for Borca. From here all you’ve got to do is ride along the flat stretch of road running along the lake. Head towards Pettenasco and then follow again the signs for Orta.

Famiglia Crespi

How a timeless dream was born

In 1879 Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a wealthy businessman in the cotton industry bought a piece of land in the peninsula of Orta San Giulio.

The plot of ground consisted of a farmhouse with direct access to the lake and it involved part of the ancient fishermen village called Ortello, that was completely destroyed to build the new property.

The Villa was born as the holiday resort of the Crespi’s.

The house was dedicated to Mr Crespi’s wife, Pia Travelli and its former name was “Villa Pia”, as we can still read on a side gate.

The architect charged with the construction of Villa Crespi was Angelo Colla (1827-1892), one of the most famous architects in Milan at that time.

Thanks to his illustrious friendship with the senator Tullo Massarani, Colla got important assignments in Milan and in 1877 they became members of the Commission for the Cultural Heritage and the fine arts.

During this period, when he was at the height of success, he was charged with the construction of Villa Crespi, a three-floored moorish palace influenced by Mr Crespi’s passion for the Middle East, usual destination of his business trips. An outstanding minareth stands out from the palace, overlooking the park and the horizon.

Angelo Colla didn’t receive any particular request for the realization of the Villa. He was simply asked to create a masterpiece without precedent, a unique example of moorish arquitecture, extremely new in the place where it would have been built.

Later, a fountain, a dependance and a stable near the shore of the lake were erected on the same property. Despite the superb result of his work, Angelo Colla was widely criticized at the end of his work.


The Crespi’s

In 1877 Mr Crespi founded a factory village in Capriate (Lombardia), called in his honour “Crespi-D’Adda”, nowadays Unesco heritage site. The Crespi’s got very rich thanks to the cotton trade and the innovative manifacturing system adopted in their plants.

Cristoforo Benigno Crespi had five sons: Silvio Benigno, Bice, Maria, Daniele (the one who squandered part of the family patrimony in ruinous investments) and Guido (dead young)

In 1886 the family left Busto Arsizio and moved to Milan. Cristoforo Benigno was 51.

In 1906 he was struck down by an ictus.

His eldest son Silvio Benigno, a man full of talent and culture, took over the reins of the father’s business in 1889, when Villa Crespi was finished after 18 years of works.

He became as well a member of the Italian Parliament (1899-1919). He died in 1944.

His uncle, Benigno Crespi (brother of Cristoforo Benigno) bought “Il Corriere della sera” and soon it became one of the most important Italian newspapers.

The palace was owned by the Crespi’s untill 1929. After a hard crisis of the factory the family was obliged to sell the property

From 1929 to 1945 the property was bought by the noble family Fracassi Ratti Mentone di Torre Rossano and in this period the Villa was often visited by King Umberto di Savoia

From 1945 to 1949 the villa became property of the family Cardano

After being for some years a spiritual centre the villa became an hotel in the 1990s.

Inside the Villa

Villa Crespi originally was the holiday house of the family. The decorations on the walls are made of stucco of the highest quality according to the Spanish and Middle Eastern architectural tradition. The same tradition that we find inside, thanks to the arches of the rooms.

From the top of the minareth the view over the lake and the surrounding mountains is breathtaking.

One of the most impressive features of the Villa is the floor of the former lobby (today the reception area of the hotel). It is a mosaic work, according to a style used in Venice during the former centuries. On the ground floor there are 5 rooms, everyone differently decorated according to the architectural stile of the time.

The finest marbles were widly used for the construction of the columns inside and outside the building.

The huge park was designed by a famous gardens architect, Enrico Combi but during the years it has been changing and today it is much smaller than the original project.

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Love’s Charm

Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner, said that “Life is not what you’ve experienced. It’s about what you’ve remembered and the way you can remember it so you can share it”.

But how do you live and build memories that last forever? Special, luxurious, enchanted memories. How are we supposed to live these so-called “moments to share”?

Responding to these questions is risky business. But we believe that the only limit to fully living these moments is to relish the journey.

This is the reason for our “Incanto d’Amore” package, 2 nights in one of our splendid Moorish suites or rooms, created for this ambitious and noble intention. Designed with the “crazy idea” of bestowing on our guests an enchanting present and unforgettable moments to remember and relive, again and again.

… sunset on a private boat, do you remember?

A warm welcome awaits you at Villa Crespi. Let us take you to your room or suite. Take a look at the mirror of water lying in front of you. Once you’ve taken it all in, you can decide when you’d like to get to know it better. Today? Tomorrow? It’s your choice. But you’ve got to set your watch. You just can’t miss the sun as it goes down. This magical moment, the perfect moment for your holiday.

On board a private boat, surrounded by the wonder of Lake Orta, enjoy a wonderful bottle of fine Italian sparkling wine and the spectacular sunset. An hour all for you, in complete privacy. As the sun plunges into the dark waters of the lake and nature settles all around you, the evening atmosphere is quietly ushered in.

A dinner … see the stars again

Villa Crespi in the evening is even more stunning. There’s no other way to celebrate a place like this than by having dinner. So, we’d like you to try something more than a simple dinner … something like a sensorial experience with a tasting menu at the Michelin 2-star restaurant run by chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, inside Villa Crespi.

The romantic menu, called “Itinerario dal Sud al Nord Italia”, is a journey of colors, moments and scents coming from Chef Cannavacciuolo’s childhood up to present day, in a food and wine event crowning a day of love, flavors and magic.

Breakfast in your room + Exclusive treatment

Your morning awakening, if possible, will be even sweeter. The à la carte breakfast is served in your room; the perfect dose of indulgence for a day of pure relaxation and well-being for your mind and body.

But your special weekend isn’t over yet. 75 minutes have been put aside for each of you. Choose from one of our exclusive treatments designed specifically for you: the Sound of Silence treatment, the Full Hand Lightness manicure or the Walking on Clouds pedicure.

What have you chosen? Take all the time you need. There’s no rush. We’ll be waiting for you in our Wellness Suite.

Understanding your expectations

Your weekend, meant to be lived and the most beautiful and romantic moments of your love kept forever, can also include a few extras on request.

  • Sommelier-led wine tasting to accompany your menu.
  • Rosé Champagne afternoon tea with fresh pastries and savory delicacies.
  • Private limousine to/from the airports of Turin, Milan Malpensa or Linate upon request.

Villa Crespi, the natural choice for your future memories.

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Antonino Cannavacciuolo

Cooking class on Lake Orta

The secrets of a starred Restaurant revealed with fun and simpleness…Cooking class on lake Orta

Plin Cannavacciuolo

Spending time cooking is not only the daily duty of mothers and women, not only the Christmas meal, not only a candlelight dinner with one’s lover or a birthday but it is as well a refined art, a passion and a game.

It means to mix ingredients, colours, flavours, to know how to do it, to realize dishes in order to involve and excite both the cook and the eater. Step by step it is possible to prepare delicious recipes and to improve culinary skills.
Nowadays we read culinary guides, we watch programmes on TV, we ask grandmothers for recipes, we discuss on the internet, we listen to radio programmes about this argument… so, why do not attend a special cooking class?


Gli chef della brigata, interagiscono con tutta la loro allegria, mostrando le preparazioni ed i trucchi per una riuscita eccellente, di quelli che sono piatti facilmente riproducibili nelle case, per poter poi stupire amici, parenti ed amori.

Potersi dire: ho cucinato un antipasto, un primo piatto ed un dessert gourmet; potersi dire: l’ho fatto da solo….potersi dire: inventiamo variazioni, giochiamo e divertiamoci cucinando…
A cooking course in Villa Crespi is an interesting, amusing and exciting experience. Why don’t you make the most of this possibility of visiting one of the most well renowned kitchen? Our group of young and prepared cooks is ready to show and explain how to prepare some of the historical recipes of the Restaurant taken from the innovative mediterranean cuisine of Chef Cannavacciuolo. Spend two hours in a friendly environment, learn the recipes and the tricks to realize perfect meals to surprise your friends, your family and loves.
At the end, you will say


“Wow, I cooked a gourmet appetizer, a main course a dessert… I did it by myself…”

Play, invent, have fun…