The Lory Garden returns to the discovery of one of the most famous comasche destinations, Villa d’Este, as well as the best hotel in the world.
On that branch of Lake Como in 1442 a female convent was built at the Garovo stream, by the bishop of Como Gerardo Landrini Capitani. A century later it was demolished in 1565 to place the summer residence of Bishop Ptolemy Gallio with the name of Villa del Garovo, a renaissance patrician villa surrounded by 25 acres of parkland. During the cardinal’s life, the villa became half of the holidays of politicians, intellectuals and clergy until the death of Ptolemy.
Families who inherited the villa abandoned it to degradation until it became a spiritual center for Jesuits and a step for various owners until 1784 when it was bought by the Calderari family in Milan. The villa underwent massive restorations with the creation of an Italian garden, an imposing nymphaeum and a temple with a seventeenth-century statue depicting Hercules scooping Licas in the sea. His wife, Vittoria Peluso, inherited the villa with a Napoleonic general, Count Domenico Pino, who built a small fortress in the park.
In 1815 it became the residence of Carolina Amalia of Brunswick, Princess of Wales, from which he took the name Villa d’Este for the supposed Caribbean extinct origins, redesigning the park in English style.
At the end of the nineteenth century it was converted into a luxury hotel for the European high class bourgeoisie over the 100 years of business life, for years listed on the stock market and then on the Temex telematic market.
Today it is reserved for a wealthy clientele, a high-level congress tourism destination such as the famous Ambrosetti Workshop, a meeting point for top political, finance and international leaders. Since 1928 all the years in May in the gardens of the villa is held the renowned competition for vintage vehicles: the contest of elegance Villa d’Este. Travel + Leisure has named it the 15th best hotel in Europe and the 69th hotel in the world; Afterwards Forbes nominated it as the best hotel in the world.