Villa Neptune is chaotic perfection. Brightly coloured furniture happily occupies each room, while old works of art, intricately strewn across the walls, look down on the blissful scene of holidaying families sharing in meals and memories. Mismatched tiles give vibrance to the ageing plaster of the walls and ceilings. The bedrooms adorn intricate frescoes; works you can lie back and admire for hours on end, sometimes even forgetting the nap you intended. The view, however, is the pièce de résistance. Solid ground seems to drop away at the villa's edge, with stretching vistas of the blue sea and matching sky, the picture-perfect town of Positano quietly humming below.
This villa is not carved into the landscape, rather the landscape seems to have grown around it, like a fallen log embraced by the forest floor. The vines crawl along the dome-like pergolas and the walls, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living; overhanging trees rustle in the breeze and the garden is bursting with verdant life. Villa Maiorese is as much part of the landscape as the cliffs it backs into. But unlike a fallen branch, mossy and damp amongst the foliage, this villa is contemporary and glamorous. The villa flaunts an outdoor pool and an exercise room. It is located just outside Ravello. With no neighbours, the setting is wholly tranquil.
It is hard to think of anywhere more luxuriating and upscale in such an effortlessly stunning area. High in the Italian region of Lombardy sits the idyll of Lake Como, where the mountains have conspired to give permanent shelter to the mirror of water at their feet. Towns are sprinkled along the shores of the still lake, nestled beneath the green slopes of the lofty mountains. There is also plenty to see and do in the area, with a well of history and picture-perfect towns. Head to the Duomo of Como to marvel at the vast 15th-century cathedral, or skim across the water taking in the views from a taxi boat.
Because of the high-end travellers lured to this unique setting, there is a multitude of fine-dining establishments. Find Restaurant Mistral for a dining experience like no other on your luxury escapes. The restaurant is located on the waterfront in Bellagio, which is a town that seems to reach into the heart of the lake.
Villa Cipresso encapsulates the grandeur of Italian culture. Statues litter the bulging, yet manicured, garden. The villa boasts a relaxation space for the philosophically inclined, and a steam room for those looking to keep their Romanesque physiques in shape. Bask in the views of the mountains across the lake whilst sipping on your coffee beneath the vine-laden pergola below the house.
This enormous villa is an extension of the refined allure of Lake Como: its high-vaulted ceilings are a work of art, an intricate explosion of colour; tradition is offset by unpretentious additions, like the indoor swimming pool and the pool table. The conservatory appears to be carrying you over the rippling waters of the lake. On your luxury holidays to Lake Como, stay in Villa Cesarea to feel like you have truly landed in the lap of luxury.
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