Inside Villa D’Este with CEO Davide Bertilaccio

We go Inside One of Italy’s most gracious, grand and luxurious hotels Villa d’Este with CEO Davide Bertilaccio.

This year Italy’s grande dame, Villa D’Este celebrated its 150th season as one of the world’s most celebrated iconic luxury hotels.

With a feel more like a private club than a hotel, this is refined, old world Italian elegance and style at its best. It sets the standard for classic glamour and ornate, no-expense-spared, elegance. Mr Davide Bertilaccio is one of the most passionate and most respected hoteliers in Italy and here, he speaks about his plans for the future.

Villa d’Este is one of Italy’s most prestigious hotels.

He is CEO of Villa D’Este and says his role is to ensure future generations are as passionate about the hotel as the current one. He has enjoyed a rich and spectacular 30 year career creating some of the world’s most enigmatic luxury destinations including positiions at Armani Hotels, Four Seasons, Rocce Forte and more.

He has lived and worked in Paris, London, Madrid, New York, and Nairobi amongst other global locations.

Villa d'Este is simply spectacular sitting on the edge of Lake Como.
Villa d’Este is simply spectacular sitting on the edge of Lake Como.

He now oversees the iconic Villa d’Este on Lake Como, the beautiful and newly refurbished Villa La Massa in Florence on the River Arno, as well as Palace Hotel and Hotel Barchetta Excelsior in Como, but he is based at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Lake Como. Glittering chandeliers, seemingly endless artwork and sprawling 25 acre gardens are all part of the glamorous feel of this regal hotel which sits directly on the lakefront.

The 26 acres of gardens at Villa d’Este are incredible.

It was built in 1568 as a private summer residence, and was then the home of Princess Caroline of Brunswick. Today it remains a family owned hotel, and is visited regally by the world’s most famous, successful and well known clientele. Subscribe for more luxury hotel reviews and interviews.

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