Villa Fontanelle Versace Lake Como

Property Details
Type of property: Villa - Mansion   Available for: Not Available
Position: Lakeside - Waterfront   Town / Area: Moltrasio
Living Area [sqm]: 0   Ground Area [sqm]: 0
N° Bathrooms: 0   N° Bedrooms: 0
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Villa Fontanelle is situated in Moltrasio, built in 1800 at the behest of Lord William Curiè. It passed onto the Besana family of Milan and became famous after it was sold to the Versace family that furnished it in pure Empire style in the 1980’s.


This luxury villa is located in the middle of the stream created by the Pizzo promontory, with a lush park rich with secular trees in the back. 

The building has a rectangular floor plan distributed over three above-ground floors, characterised by simple window frames and faux ashlar work in the corners. The facade facing Lake Como has a symmetrical ramp staircase offering access to the entrance on the first floor and from a balcony on the first floor.


For decades it has been the centre of international gossip for its prestigious guests, from the singer Madonna who came to Lake Como almost every summer for short holidays, which included a walk up to the nearby sanctuary. That’s not to forget that in 2001 it was chosen as the “location” for the wedding of the singer Jennifer Lopez.


With the death of Gianni Versace the property drew even more media attention after the designer’s family expressed their keen desire to bury his body in the chapel specially built in the park of the villa. Subsequently the villa on the lake was put up for sale by the family and is currently owned by the Russian tycoon Arkady Novikov, the king of Moscow’s restaurant scene.


Moltrasio is a small and elegant tourist town on the western shore of Lake Como, about 10 minutes from Como and 15 from the Swiss border.

The town also offers boat tours and an equipped beach for visitors in summer. In the characteristic town square there are shops, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the lakeside region’s characteristic dishes.