Villa ai Cedri is located in Carate Urio and overlooks Lake Como. Born on an ancient 18th century residence, it was almost entirely modified at the beginning of the 19th century by the Counts Sormani who wanted to give the villa a strong link with the surrounding nature. In the 20th century the villa was owned by the Draghi family who called it a villa with the Cedars because of the plants in the garden. During this period many Italian personalities were hosted in the villa including statesman Acide De Gaspari. In 1994 the villa was bought by the Guarisco family owners of the textile company of the same name. Even these owners have renovated the villa keeping the charm of its history both in the interior and in harmony with the landscape.
The building stands next to the rock in neoclassical style, was subjected to the addition of two side wings and a typical cast iron verandah on the back side. The passage to get to the entrance passes between the high walls of the mountain that descend on the house; a basin dug in the Pietra di Moltrasio houses a multitude of goldfish and water lilies in a cool and ventilated area that precedes the main entrance. The floor of Villa ai Cedri is in Venetian style, decorated with patterns such as the sun, the white moon, the black moon and stylized flowers with a fantasy, characterized by a perspective escape that pushes the eye into the adjacent hall on the entrance sculpture depicting a golden world and stops it on the terrace. All the decorative elements in plaster, from vaulted ceilings to ornamental works, have been restored according to the original models, consulting the ancient documents of the State Archives of Como. After three years of work the result was the perfect merger between two different periods.
The living room has on the left the dining room and on the right the study, with richly decorated walls, where a parchment of 1890 was found with which the gypsy masters of the time autographed their works. In the bedroom there is a large canopy bed of the eighteenth century and a desk placed in front of the windows on Lake Como. At the back there is a small thermal pool created in the cast-iron veranda at the back