Overlooking the splendid Borromean Gulf, shines a small jewel, Villa & Palazzo Aminta. It was the Admiral of the Italian Navy Francesco Capece, Knight of the Order of S. Maurizio and Lazzaro, Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy, Medal to memory of the campaigns of Africa, Cross of gold with crown for 40 years of military service, silver Medal to the valor military, to buy the Villa at his retirement from the Royal Navy in July of 1918, and named it like his beloved wife Aminta. In those times it was a wonderful private residence with only seven rooms and a bathroom.
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Several were the representatives of the European "Belle Epoque", fascinated by the romantic atmosphere of the lake and the charming surroundings and views that make Villa & Palazzo Aminta a splendid paradise overlooking the Borromean Gulf.
In 1918 Pavel Troubetzkoy, the great artist from a noble Russian family born in Intra, realized a sculpture for the Irish comedy writer and friend George Bernard Shaw that in 1926 came on Lake Maggiore and was the guest of the Admiral.
In the most recent years, in 1966 Liz Taylor and Richard Burton picked Villa & Palazzo Aminta for one of their many escape of love.
The Zanetta family, owners of Villa & Palazzo Aminta since 2000, have restored the villa to its original splendor with a fairy tale feeling. After having conducted accurate historical research, the remodeling was done with elegance and taste, offering high standards and technology at the same time. Reinterpreting the concept of the family villa at the turn of the century with the care of each detail, the villa has been embellished with antique furniture, stuccos, chandeliers, precious wall papers, arabesques and oriental arches in homage to the historical relationship with the Venetian Republic, the "The Doorway to the Orient".
Villa & Palazzo Aminta is now a five stars luxurious hotel with 62 deluxe rooms and suites with two panoramic restaurants, Le Isole which offers a delicious gourmet menu and a good selection of wines and I Mori with à la carte menu.