Villa Crespi was and is a dream come true, lying on the shores of romantic Lake Orta.

Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a pioneer of the Italian cotton industry, while travelling on business in the Middle East was bewitched by Baghdad and its charms and in 1879 finished his own magnificent Moorish villa surrounded by a park that sloped down to the lake. It had taken him 30 years to complete.

Originally the villa was called Villa Pia, as Mr Crespi dedicated it to his wife, Pia Crespi. The construction work was entrusted to the architect Angelo Colla to whom Benigno Crespi left carte blanche, allowing him to express the very best of himself and his passion for decorative detail while highlighting the middle eastern character Crespi desired.

Over the course of time, a series of owners have held Villa Crespi, and when the Marquis Fracassi of Torre Rossano acquired it in the 1930's, it became an exclusive place for visits by poets, nobles and kings, well-known all over Northern Europe.


The Villa has 13 rooms and suites on three floors.
Inside the architecture and Moorish style reflect the middle eastern theme which is also a characteristic of the exterior of the residence.
Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, proprietor of Villa Crespi, in 1879 decided the Moorish style would inspire his “dream” home on Lake Orta. This style includes stuccoes and inlays that remind us of those far-off places which as a cotton merchant he regularly visited during business trips to Baghdad and Asia.
Our housekeeper Liliya takes daily care of these rooms which are furnished in the elegant style of the19th century with Arabesque features in the doors and windows.
All the rooms are decorated with gorgeous parquet flooring and period furniture, the bathrooms being in marble.

Discover our three Classic rooms, the only ones in Villa Crespi with a balcony.

The 22 square metre room named Aisha is spacious and lies on the third floor of the villa. It features walls covered in antique pink silk

The comfort of the 22 square metre room called Muna, on the third floor of the villa, features walls covered in antique pink silk

The room named Najaa, on the third and last floor of the villa, features a large double bed on a raised level with steps and elegant parquet

Discover our two cosy de luxe rooms with double canopy bed and views over the mature gardens of the villa.

Take a look at our Junior Suites, two uniquely harmonious ambiences in royal blue to relax and rest in.

Be enchanted by the bright light of our two Executive Suites affording views of the place that inspired its creator to build Villa Crespi.

Be seduced by our four master suites, the most prestigious thanks to atmosphere, size and comfort.


The charmingly Moorish Villa Crespi entered Relais & Châteaux in 2012.

The mainstays of this Association are fine hotels with excellent restaurants, membership meaning the constant focus of attention is the guest is for whom unique, impeccable service, defining the world of Relais & Châteaux, is provided.

Cinzia and Antonino manage the villa and their staff convey the philosophy of the Relais & Châteaux family, making an experience at Villa Crespi a journey of the senses dedicated to the wellbeing of the guest.