Villa Crespi

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Just a few steps from Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is a spectacular property built in 1879. The villa’s arabesque architecture, stunning gardens and the hospitality of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia make a stay here magical.

The Villa was initially named Villa Pia after Cristoforo Benigno Crespi’s wife, but it later became known as the Villa Crespi or simply “La Villa.” Today, it  can still be read the original “Villa Pia” on one of the gates.
This Moorish masterpiece stands out worldwide for its style, stuccoes, and arabesque inlay. This marvel takes visitors' breath away even hundreds of years after it was built.
The building has gone through a succession of different owners over the years. In the 1930s, it was purchased by Marquis Giacomo Fracassi, and for a time, it became a place of residence for poets, nobles, and royalty, including King Umberto of Savoy. In 1999, after being meticulously updated, Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo returned to their Eastern Mediterranean charm and turned it into a landmark of Italian hospitality and a temple devoted to refined cuisine and good taste.


The Villa has 14 rooms on three floors. Inside, the architecture and Moorish style reflect the Arab theme of the outside of the Villa.
These impeccable rooms are in rich 19th-century fashion and feature beautifully intricate Arabesque details. All of the bathrooms have marble fixtures and period furniture. The parquet floors are exquisitely detailed.

The Villa Crespi building has smaller rooms on the higher floors, where the staff would have lived and serviced the needs of the proprietors and their guests on lower floors.  Nowadays, This floor houses four “Classic” rooms, intimate 24 m2 jewels. Every little detail is well cared for. The unique thing about these rooms is the crenelated terrace, which gives off a wonderful view of the lake.

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Langhe: Barolo, Monferrato & Roero


5 stars


  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar

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