The Sybaritic Single never really understood the obsession with Lake Como. Provincial, difficult to reach and cannot be really done in
short weekend. His family, on the contrary, enjoyed spending weeks after weeks exploring its picture-perfect shores and sipping Bellini after Bellini at Villa d’Este (above).
Even less than the lake, the Sybaritic Single enjoyed the idea of ever sleeping at an Airbnb. Virtues of the new shared economy never really appealed to him. Luxury hotels with their armies of well-trained butlers and concierges seemed a much safer and reasonable choice – until House of Gucci got the fashion world abuzz. Starring in the film is Villa Balbiano, a historical palazzo located in Ossuccio on the western shore of Lake Como, which one can rent on Airbnb starting from tomorrow, 6th December 2021. In the film, Villa Balbiano is the site of Gucci family patriarch Aldo Gucci’s home.
The villa was built in late XVI century by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who used it as his main residence. A century later, it was expanded and embellished by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, who was known for hosting extravagant high society festivals, banquets and dances at the property.
Today, it is one of the largest private residences on the lake, featuring six suites designed by Jacques Garcia. The property is filled with objets d’art and antique furniture from centuries gone by, acquired from Sotheby’s and Christie’s. XVII century frescoes that adorn the walls, painted by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva, remain untouched. Surrounding the house is a sprawling garden distinguished by the British Society of Garden Designers. There are also an outdoor swimming pool, a private pier and a boathouse.
Is it enough to make the Sybaritic Single get over his snobbery and make a one-off booking on Airbnb for a Gucci-inspired Italian sojourn? Il tempo lo dirà.