Tenuta De L’Annunziata is a short 15 minute drive from the infamous and much publicized Lake Como region. While there are places to visit around the lake including Ristorante Imbarcadero for some history and lake fish risotto or Villa Flori for the quintessential Italian experience. Tenuta De L’Annunziata is where locals go for the ultimate Como experience without the mass tourists rubbing shoulders and sharing asymptomatic germs.
The family-run retreat is a gem. Even George Clooney and Robert De Niro have been seen vacationing in the beautiful lakes district of Italy. Lake Como, like many of the lakes in Italy are summer destinations for Italians and tourists alike – all visiting the region for a private and exclusive experience in what many would describe as La Dolce Vita.
Tenuta De L’Annunziata is a family affair. The two young women looking after the family estate are sisters – hard-working and tentative ensuring the true Italian experience is appreciated and experienced for guests to stay loyal and happy.
Tenuta de L’Annunziata
Tenuta De L’Annunziata comes with everything you would want in an Italian travel experience. The hotel is owned by a passionate family who pride themselves in sourcing sustainable products and ingredients from the region, with many coming from their own estate and farm. The wine is even produce in their own vineyards so you know they are foodies and want to share the best of what Italy has to offer.
While the chef, Alfio Nicolosi is young, he definitely knows what he is doing. In fact, nothing is simple for this Italian chef who ferments, cures, bakes, cooks and conjures up an elaborate menu for his hungry guests at Quercus Restaurant in Tenuta De L’Annunziata.
The views are stunning from the restaurant – overlooking the greater Piedmont region, however, it is hard to not be fully lost in the dishes served by Chef Nicolosi.
18-hour stew in a Genovese style ravioli, ‘Taco’ with Asado al Carbon with smoked and soured, double sauce – yes, this is not Italian cuisine as you know it.
Not just a place for foodies and gourmets, the wellness spa is what sets Tenuta de L’Annunziata apart from other splashy and expensive hotels in the area. It is easy to get lost in the full Hammam experience, fall asleep having a massage or just remembering to have fun in their indoor pool – as you do when you are on a family vacation or Girls Weekend. Tenuta is not called a natural ‘relais’ for no reason – it also offers a very unique experience of walking around the private grounds, experiencing the Bioenergy from the woods – something quite special for those who believe it and I have to say – I do!