Palazzo Albricci Peregrini
Via Giuseppe Rovelli, 28
Palazzo Albricci Peregrini is in Como’s old town, on the namesake lake’s southern shores in northern Italy.
Milan Malpensa is the nearest airport, a 45-minute drive away; the hotel can arrange transfers from €140 each way. Milan Linate airport is only 15 minutes further.
Como San Giovanni station is only a kilometre from the palazzo, on the Milan to Zurich mainline. The hotel will happily book you a taxi (which should cost around €15–20.
The palazzo’s in a limited traffic zone, but it’s fine to drive up to unload and load your luggage. The hotel can give you a parking card for access to a car park just 600m away (€20 a day). Como’s medieval lanes are interestingly narrow, making airport transfers and getting around the lakeside towns by boat much more appealing.
Como Heliport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. Navigazione Laghi has official timetables for lake transfers by boat.
Worth getting out of bed for
Como town is at the south-westernmost point of Lake Como. There are plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants to discover in Como itself, or explore further afield afloat, with a boat trip to admire its waterfront mansions (hello, Casa Clooney) and dine at its lake-edge ristoranti.
You may recognise Villa del Balbianello from its cameo role in Bond movie Casino Royale: stroll the gardens, soak up the lake views, or take a guided tour. Ask the hotel to book a boat trip to Bellagio, Menaggio or Varenna. For views over the lake with an amazing Alpine backdrop, take the funicular from Brunate up to the Pissarottino Fountain. You can’t help but notice the decorative domes of Como Cathedral, a mesmerising melange of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Go for the stained glass and intricate masonry, stay for the vaulted ceilings and glut of Renaissance paintings.
For a memorably moreish lunch, dine on the terrace overlooking the lake at Il Gatto Nero, which serves course upon course of seasonal Italian fare, worth lingering over. As you might imagine, La Tana dei Pescatori is a culinary temple to fish and seafood in Como old town that’s just right for a laid-back supper. For a special occasion, the palazzo setting at Michelin-starred I Tigli in Theoria is as impressive as the haute cuisine whipped up by chef Franco Caffara and team. Dishes such as fillet-beef tartare, oyster risotto and Calabrian black pork make the à la carte menu a culinary wonder.
Soaringly ceilinged Fresco Cocktail Shop is an elegant den of mixology with a broad menu of concoctions.