If home is where you hang your hat, then Napoleon would have no doubt felt very comfortable at Villa Sola Cabiati. The French leader’s chapeau is among the many antiques at this opulent, ochre-hued mansion on the shores of Lake Como. Built in the 1500s, it was the villa’s 18th-century Serbelloni dukes who acquired the diminutive leader’s cap, while entertaining the visiting emperor in Milan. During World World II, they carted it over to their summer residence on the Italian Lakes – along with the revolutionary’s bed and wife Josèphine’s clothes – where it remains in the attic, largely untouched. Indeed, it says something of the villa’s all-round grandness that these priceless artefacts aren’t on immediate display (except to lucky guests).
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An hour-long boat tour of Lake Como with prosecco