Villa Fontanelle rises on Lake Como in Moltrasio. The building was built in the first half of the nineteenth century by an eccentric, Lord Charles Currie, a visiting Englishman who fell in love with Lake Como. I can not find a villa that satisfies buying land on the shore of Moltrasio and building a neoclassical building. Among the subsequent owners there are no Antonio Besana, philanthropist and a friend of Giuseppe Verdi.
In 1977 Gianni Versace bought Villa Fontanelle, which was now in a state of neglect. Neoclassical glory and completed only in 1980, includes three acres of ornamental gardens with three cottages, a tennis court, a sea area of 800 meters and a private mooring. A small palace was also created that was a personal sanctuary. Before the death of Versace, celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Sting, Diana, the Princess of Wales and Madonna were regular guests of the property. Roy Strong, an art and landscape historian, created the villa gardens for Versace, as well as the Miami and Casuarina houses. Since the death of Versace in 1997 only the American singer Jennifer Lopez visited the villa for her honeymoon, with her husband Chris Judd, in 2001.
Arkady Novikov, Russian restaurateur billionaire, accepted the villa at the beginning of 2008 and entrusted the restoration to the Milanese architect Claudio Pozza. The desire is to create a winter garden on one side of the prestigious villa purchased four years ago and still undergoing redevelopment. Novikov charges 35 million for the purchase of the villa plus another 5 for the restoration of the building and the two neighboring buildings, Casa Rossa and Casa tennis. The 65 square meter structure is an even more suggestive connotation and is guaranteed by a timeless country living room, between a luxuriant park and the evocative appeal of the lake.