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Villa Crespi

3-Night Northern Italian Active Getaway with Michelin Star Dining


Grade 2 - Moderate

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Looking to get lost in the lap of luxury in northern Italy? While most people head to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta casts a magical spell over those who visit. Aside from its enchanting views and fascinating history, this little gem of a lake is home to one of the charmingest lakeside towns you'll find anywhere as well as the iconic five-star luxury hotel Villa Crespi.

You'll be captivated by its unique Moorish architecture and Arabian Nights atmosphere. And as much as the hotel entices you with its Michelin-star dining, Wellness Suite and fairytale guest rooms and suites, there's more to explore outside the villa's four walls. Mother Nature beckons with an abundance of hiking and Nordic walking trails, water skiing, sailing plus a nearby adventure park.



Explore all that Orta San Giulio has to offer: hiking and Nordic walking trails, water skiing, sailing, the beach club, boat excursions around Lake Orta. And after a long day outdoors, mosey back to Villa Crespi to enjoy exceptional cuisine and a fairytale stay reminiscent of The Arabian Nights. Your three-night active experience makes for unforgettable memories.

  • Be captivated by the unique architecture of this Moorish historical building dated 1879
  • Savor one of the best gourmet experiences in Northern Italy at the Michelin two-starred restaurant of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, celebrity chef and owner of Villa Crespi
  • Experience a morning in the kitchen and unveil how cooking becomes art with a behind-the-scenes two-hour kitchen experience with Chef Cannavacciuolo's team of sous-chefs 
  • Optional add-ons include a boat tour to the island of San Giulio to visit a Benedictine abbey, a blissful massage in the Wellness Suite or rosé champagne afternoon tea with fresh pastries and savory treats


Villa Crespi

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Villa Crespi is a dream come true along the shores of Lake Orta, a small jewel in northwestern Italy. Think Arabian Nights meets modern luxury.

Culinary Delights
Culinary Delights

The menu takes guests on a fusion of flavors from South to North Italy. Using just a few ingredients, the Michelin-star chef uses his creativity to highlight flavors and the art of decoration and presentation to appeal to the diner's five senses. 

Wellness Suite
Wellness Suite

An oasis that lives and breathes well-being—where you savor the sound of silence; where you find balance in a tranquil and refined space. Sensory and holistic treatments take guests on a magical journey designed to soothe the five senses. Experience wellness in unparalleled luxury. 

Kitchen Experience
Kitchen Experience

Under the guidance of renowned celebrity chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s sous-chefs, the kitchen experience is an occasion that leads to the behind-the-scenes preparation secrets of three classic dishes, a true symbol of his work. Guests prepare an appetizer, a first course and dessert.


In keeping with the villa's arabesque architecture, the six guest rooms and eight guest suites reflect the middle eastern theme with antique parquet floors, ornately carved wood and stonework, lavish fabrics and upholstery. The four standard rooms are tucked away on the third floor and welcome you with antique pink-colored silk as you are swept away into a dream of luxurious comfort. The deluxe rooms on the first and second floor are adorned with antique gold-colored silk and imperial red. The two junior suites are decorated with royal blue silk and have an “L” shape. The executive suites located on the south side offer you an enchanting view of the lake and surrounding park. Inside the premium suites, you’ll find a lovely sitting room perfect for a bit of relaxation and reading. The two master suites have a large Arabian arc that separates the sleeping area from the intimate sitting area. Numerous lights, including floor lighting, give a romantic, soft glow. Most rooms have four-poster beds, lending a grand and opulent feel, and bathrooms feature elegant marble fittings.

Features & Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Indoor lounge bar
  • Outdoor lounge bar
  • Parking
  • Tesla and universal e-car charge



You may check-in after 3:00 pm. If you should arrive early and your room is not yet available, Villa Crespi will do their best to get it to you as soon as possible. But you may have to wait. Upon departure, unless otherwise discussed, you must leave your room by noon.

The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa just 45 minutes away from Lake Orta. Villa Crespi can arrange private transfers to and from the airports in Milan and Bergamo and/or to and from any other destination.

The Orta-Miasino train station is just 800 meters from Villa Crespi. The hotel offers a free shuttle service. The Arona station on Lake Maggiore is also an option and Villa Crespi can organize a shuttle. You’ll reach Villa Crespi in just 20 minutes.

Does the restaurant have a dress code?

Guests are required to be dressed in elegant, yet casual attire. Gentlemen are asked kindly to NOT wear t-shirts, shorts, and/or open shoes.

When is the restaurant closed?

The restaurant is closed all day on Mondays and at lunch on Tuesdays.

What are the hours for lunch and dinner?

Lunch is available from 12:30pm to 2:00pm and dinner from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Any course or tasting menu may be personalized according to the allergies and intolerances of guests.

Is there a vegetarian menu?

Villa Crespi has a dedicated menu for vegetarians as well as a gluten-free menu.


Cancellation Policy

No penalty up to 5 days before arrival. Cancellations received from 4 to 1 day before arrival, 50% of the entire stay will be charged. Cancellations made on day of arrival or no show, 100% of the total stay will be charged. In case of departure before the reserved departure date, Villa Crespi will charge you 100% of the rest of your stay.

Restaurant Cancellation Policy

€150 per person surcharge will be applied when:

  • You do not "show up" for your reservation
  • You cancel less than 2 days before your reservation
  • You do not inform Villa Crespi of any changes to the number in your party (cannot be done less than 2 days before your booking date)


Payment upon departure. Villa Crespi will keep your credit card details only as a guarantee of arrival, no deposit is required. Please be informed that they will check the validity of your card by contacting your bank.


Supplement for the third or fourth bed:

  • From 0 to 2 years old free of charge
  • From 3 to 5 years old 35€ per day, bed and breakfast included
  • From 6 to 11 years old 75€ per day, bed and breakfast included
  • Over 12 years old 100€ per day, bed and breakfast included

In complete understanding and respect of all guests' needs and guaranteeing an enjoyable and reserved experience at the restaurant, Villa Crespi is pleased to welcome children over the age of six. Please contact the reservations office for any additional information.