In a setting fit for royalty, British-born Emily Blunt, star of Young Victoria, wed Office actor John Krasinski at the stately Villa d’Este in the Lake Como region of Italy. Dating from the 16th century, the sprawling, palatial property in Cernobbio encompasses intricate English gardens, an enormous 25-acre park, boasting a landmark 500-year-old plane tree, countless walkways, stone fountains and terraces. Add the hotel’s sweeping views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains and you’ve got a storybook honeymoon setting.
The property’s 152 individually appointed accommodations are divided among two historic stone buildings, with the Cardinal boasting 125 guest rooms, and the Queen’s Pavilion just 27. The luxe decor features period furnishings, original oil paintings, brocade draperies, silk wall hangings
and the finest linens. Many have lake views from large terraces or cozy balconies.
For a more secluded experience, stay at one of the two 19th-century villas. Each offers multiple sitting rooms and bedrooms decorated in an ancient Roman motif, full-size kitchens and terraces spread over multiple fl oors, as well as a dedicated staff. Motorboats and limousines are available to chauffeur guests around the gorgeous surroundings.
Choose a day trip to the picturesque town of Bellagio (hey, is that George Clooney?) or a hike into the verdant mountains. On site, you can enjoy a heated swimming pool set above the lake, a fabulous spa and the romantic gardens. The elegant eatery, Veranda, offers traditional Italian cuisine, including veal Milanese with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan shavings and delectable Crepes Suzette with sour cherries and ice cream. The hotel also offers the outdoor pool bar, the low-key Grill and the opulent Canova bar that glows by the light of crystal chandeliers (room rates start at $295; villadeste.com).
Photos Courtesy of Villa D'Este