Villa Maria Serena

Lake Como, Blevio

    • Sleeps 12 Guests
    • Bedrooms 6 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 6 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 400 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Daily maid
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Airport distance:
      Switzerland/Lugano 50 km/1 hr
      Milano Malpensa 75 km/1 hr 10 min
      Milano Linate 80 km/1 hr 10 min
      Milano Orio al Serio 130 km/2 hrs


    Immersed in a botanic park on the private lake shore

    Set on the edge of the small village of Blevio within a 7 acre lake front property, Villa Maria Serena is a true gem. This historic villa is located only a few kilometres from the glamour of downtown Como, directly opposite the famous Grand Hotel Villa d’Este.

    The neoclassical villa develops over three floors. Large windows, French doors, a terrace, a balcony and a private boat deck ensure that you get the most of this unusually beautiful setting. What makes the villa different is the fact that the house is literally suspended over the water and that it enjoys total privacy - a rare quality on Como.

    The large manicured park dating from the 19th century is in marvelous shape thanks to the exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable owners. A private gate in the wall which encloses the entire property leads to the charming village of Blevio with its old church, a charming square and harbour, a public waterfront park, a public vaporetto dock access and a gourmet restaurant.

    In the early nineteenth century the property was given as a present to Maria Taglioni, one of the most celebrated ballerinas of her time, who also called the prestigious Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal in Venice her own. Taglioni became so popular that all kinds of things were named after her: in Russia there were Taglioni caramels, cakes and hairstyles, women of her period started emulating her hairstyle. It was Taglioni's hideaway when her fame was so extreme that, after her last performance in Russia in 1842, a pair of her ballet slippers were cooked, garnished, and eaten by a group of ardent followers. Her son-in-law, Prince Troubetskoy, also came to live here, banished from Russia after being accused of conspiring against Czar Nicholas I. The celebrated ballet dancer welcomed Bellini, Rossini, Franz Lizst and Ricordi in her striking home.

    This is the largest single private property on Lake Como. The exceptional entirely walled 7 acre 19th century park is full of towering trees - magnolias, cypress trees, camellias, azaleas and laurel. Wild begonias, crocuses and other specimens add colour among the many meandering paths from where one can gaze across the lake.

    The property features a panoramic swimming pool with incomparable views over the lake located 200 mt above the villa. There is an exclusive private dock offering direct access to the lake and equipped with a courtesy boat, but also a convenient landing spot for water taxis which will take you the the many restaurants lining the lake.

    Inside, the generous neoclassical architecture has large doors and windows flooding a balcony and a terrace. The interiour is a stylish mix of precious antiques and comfortable modern furniture. There is a 1900 Blutner grand piano in the living room facing the lake. The large living area with painted ceiling, two fireplaces and splendid Murano chandeliers, open onto the terrace through French doors. The fully equipped modern kitchen has a  patio winter garden. On the lakeshore terrace sumptuous meals are served by the butler.

    A sister villa, Villa Maria Taglioni, can be found on the estate grounds. The two side-by-side historical interconnected villas, Villa Maria Taglioni and Villa Maria Serena can be rented together or separately, for a maximum occupancy of 26 guests. The two residences are separated by a small historic harbour flanked by ancient terracotta statues.

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    Bettina: The villas, ground and staff, especially Gamy, were superb. What made the event stand out in particular was the ability of everyone involved to pivot on short notice due to the weather and to reimagine the reception and dinner taking place in the garage, which became a memorable and wonderful venue, enjoyed by all. We left with many wonderful memories of the villas and the lake and a very special wedding celebration for Lucie and Daniel.
    We thank everyone involved. 
    Best regards,
    Susan & Doug, July 2023


    We had a wonderful time at the Villas. So well appointed and very comfortable.  Gamy and crew were extremely helpful and kind. We loved the property and the boats and paddle boards. We enjoyed having Lucie and Daniel's wedding at Lake Como. Thank you for helping us for the past few months.

    Pam, July 2023




    • Largest single private property on Lake Como
    • Entirely walled 7 acre 19th century park 
    • 1,000ft long private lake shore 
    • Terrace illuminated at night
    • Exclusive private dock offering direct access to the lake and equipped with a courtesy boat, but also a convenient landing spot for water taxis which will take you the the many restaurants lining the lake
    • Panoramic swimming pool with incomparable views over the lake located 200 mt above the villa
    • Underground parking (10 vehicle capacity) offering direct and sheltered access to the villa
    • Wonderful walks in the park
    • Independent gate walk exit to the typical village of Blevio 
    • A sister villa, Villa Maria Taglioni, can be found on the estate grounds to accommodate up to 26 guests. The two residences are separated by a small historic harbour flanked by ancient terracotta statues.


    • 6 double bedrooms, four with ensuite bathrooms and two with their own private bathrooms across the corridor
    • 1900 Blutner grand piano in the living room facing the lake
    • Air conditioning 
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite TV 
    • DVD player
    • CD stereo
    • Dishwasher
    • Washing machine
    • Fully equipped modern kitchen with patio winter garden
    Touring ideas
    Touring Ideas
    • Como (all services): five minutes by boat or car
    • Cernobbio (Villa d'Este, restaurants): five minutes by boat, 15 minutes by car
    • Menaggio, Tremezzo: 30-40 minutes by boat
    • Bellagio: 30 minutes by boat, 50 minutes by car
    • Milan Airport: 1 hour



    Many small towns and villages surround Lake Como. They are quaint and beautiful and it’s worthwhile exploring them. If you spend the mornings on the west side and the afternoons on the east side of the lake, you will always stay in the sun.

    Steamers, boats, car ferries and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A ferry around the heart of Lake Como (between the key towns of Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia) is a must. The most popular of the stops remains Bellagio.

    Bellagio - known as the pearl of the lake is a beautiful little town in a picture-perfect location on the promontory where Lake Como separates into two branches. The town is historic and charming, with a waterfront promenades, stately hotels and two gardens open to the public: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. Bellagio's tourist information offices are by the ferry jetty and in Piazza della Chiesa.

    Menaggio is located on the western shore of Lake Como, and has small stretches of shingle beach. From Menaggio you can travel to Lake Lugano or embark on mountain hikes. The town is a useful base for exploring Lake Como; with good bus and ferry connections. 

    The fishing village of Varenna has picturesque narrow alleyways and streets below a castle and a lakeside walking path. Varenna is a peaceful resort, smaller than Bellagio and also very beautiful. You can admire views from the Castello di Vezio or simply relax by the lakeside.

    In Tremezzo visit Villa Carlotta - a villa and botanical garden. The villa is today a museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners.

    The walled town of Como is a lively and pleasant town with an appealing historical centre and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como. The impressive cathedral (Duomo), like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another fine sight, as are the tall nine-hundred-year-old gateway, Porta Vittoria, and the Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio. The town's art gallery (Pinacoteca) is also worth a visit. For a short trip out of town, take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views. 

    Lake Como and the region is a shopper’s paradise. Around Como there are many small shops and boutiques, and in the larger towns you will find a great range of boutiques, designer stores and department stores. Wherever you are you are never far from great shopping.
    Como is an interesting place to shop because of its local flavor. There are very elegant stores in Como that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Some of the world’s greatest designers are found in Como. Perhaps the nicest discount silk store (Mantero VIII) is found on the outskirts of Como.
    Como is only a few minutes' drive from the Swiss border and from Lake Lugano. Cross the border into Switzerland and visit Foxtown Factory Stores, a temple of luxury and elegance with 3 km of shop windows, where 160 stores. The world famous mall that has every imaginable brand name store (Armani, Gucci, Prada, Loro Piano, Yves St. Laurent, Ferragamo, Versace, Missoni, Bally, Bruno Magli, Dolce and Gabbana, Cerrutti……to literally name only a few) at discounted prices. The mall sells last year’s fashions at prices that seem a third of what can be found in Milan.
    Then of course there is Milan. Milan is a short train-ride away for those in search of some city life. Milan has been crowned the fashion capital of the world thanks to designers such as Versace, Prada and Armani. Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga with its designer showrooms and boutiques are two of the most elegant, if expensive, shopping streets in Europe. Milan also has sections of town dedicated to antiques, art and house supplies.

    In Milan is to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In the heart of Milan is the rose-colored marble Gothic Duomo. Not far from the Duomo is the world’s most famous opera house - La Scala. Throughout the city are symbols of Milan’s illustrious past including the 16 Corinthian-style columns from early Roman settlements. These are placed just outside the 4th century Basilica di San Lorenzo. Also impressive is the Sforza Castle and Museum of Ancient Art. St. Ambrose’s Basilica and Museum is interesting as the Basilica was founded in the 4th century by the Bishop Ambrose who baptized St. Augustine here.

    Lake Como boasts some of the very finest Italian cuisine, and is home to a number of world-class restaurants. Check out the back streets and old lakeside towns to find some of the less well known but excellent restaurants.

    Lake Como boat hire is possibly the finest way to experience the Lake in its full splendour. One has not seen Lake Como if it hasn’t been experienced from the water. There are numerous touring companies that can take large or small groups for tours of the lake which can include a refreshing swim in the lake. A wonderful day is to take the morning to explore the lake by boat. Stop for a long lunch at the Locanda dell’ Isola Comacina and return to the Villa by late afternoon.

    Outdoor Activities: biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, paragliding and windsurfing.
    There are numerous hikes and walking trails in and around Lake Como. Around the lake, through the woodlands and up through the hills and mountains offer an enormous variety of hiking possibilities, from easy walks for families to the more difficult for skilled hikers.
    For water sports lovers it is possible to spend entire days sailing or kayaking, windsurfing and motor boating, water skiing and canoeing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. In Como there is even a hydroplane piloting school.
    Lake Como can also be dicovered by bicycle. Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the lake.
    Lake Como has also several golf courses which can be easily reached by car. 8 Golf courses are within 50 km from the villa: Golf Club Carimate, Golf Club Menaggio & Cadenabbia, Golf Club Lanzo, Golf Club Ponticello, La Pinetina Golf Club, Golf Club le Robinie, Golf Club Villa d'Este, Green Club Lainate.


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    Maria Serena with pool exclusivity

    The villa sleeps 12 guests and it consists of 6 double bedrooms all with ensuite marble bathrooms. It is fully air-conditioned and structured into 3 floors:

    Lakeshore level:

    • Entrance and reception areas
    • Frescoed salon and dining room with double fireplace and direct access on the lakeshore terrace
    • One laundry room
    • One guests’ marble bathroom with shower
    • One contemporary kitchen, fully equipped, with its patio winter garden

    Garden floor level:

    • Frescoed entrance hall from the courtyard level with view of the lake
    • One king size double (twin-convertible) bed with separate but exclusive marble bathroom (tub)
    • One bedroom with queen size double bed, library, fireplace, balcony on the lake, dressing and en suite marble bathroom (tub)
    • One bedroom with queen size double bed, library, fireplace balcony on the lake and en suite marble bathroom (tub), with view on the park

    Roof floor level:

    • Frescoed cupola with central balcony on the central floor entrance
    • One bedroom with king size double (twin-convertible) bed, with view on the lake and en suite marble bathroom (tub)
    • One bedroom with king size double (twin-convertible) bed, with view on the lake and en suite marble bathroom (tub)
    • One bedroom with king size double (twin-convertible) bed and separate but exclusive marble bathroom (tub), with view on the park


    • Lake access (private dock)
    • Enclosed estate with independent village gate walk exit
    • Landscape terrace and gardens (illuminated at night)
    • Swimming pool with lake panoramic view
    • Underground garage (10 vehicles capacity)

    The property is always offered with full staff service (the basic offer includes a butler, a cook and one person for outside ground, as well as daily cleaning services ensured 7 days a week).

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    • Full service (butler & cook team, daily cleaning service, highest service standards); food and beverage are not included.
    • Heating, gas, electricity and air conditioning
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Use of a courtesy speed boat 


    • Grocery (food and beverage at shopping bill cost)
    • Laundry service


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    • Private car, boat and seaplane services
    • A complimentary 20-minute seaplane tour for four might be available, pending weather and availability of craft and pilot.


    • There are some hazards on the grounds (open lakeside, steep garden paths and stairs, etc.).
    • The pool is deep with no shallow end. Children under eight must be accompanied by nanny. Older children are welcome with the understanding they are well-behaved and well-looked after by guests or guest staff. Owners' staff is not available for child-care services.
    • Complimentary WiFi provided, although there is not consistent coverage throughout the property.
    • It is recommended to book treatments in advance.
    • Weddings and other special events are permitted at the villa. Additional fees and special conditions apply. Owners prefer rental of Villa Maria Taglioni and Villa Maria Serena together in high season.
    • Saturday to Saturday rentals only; may be flexible during off season.
    • Arrival time is 4-5pm; departure time is 10am.
    • Please note: the owner has requested that you sign a special contract (the owner's terms and conditions), please ask for this document when booking.

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