La Foleia

Lake Maggiore, Italy

La Foleia

La Foleia is a special, recently renovated destination. “Foleia” is the Latin word for “follia” which translates into folly, madness. It was first imagined, then realized with art, courage, and determination. Once an oak forest, it became a property with a 4000 sqm circle of water filled with a private, natural spring from the Ticino River. On the lake’s two opposite shores are two mirrored houses: one has an octagonal plan, with French windows that frame the water and the statues that adorn its edges from the living room. The other, a neoclassical pavilion, with large windows that open onto a stairway that accompany you into the lake.

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  • Wi-Fi
  • Floris bathroom amenities
  • Herbal Tea, coffee capsules and natural water
  • Bathrobes, bath towels
  • Honesty bar
  • Natural stone pools
  • Parking: free of charge onsite
  • Daily cleaning


  • 4 guests – 2 double rooms – 180 sqm
  • Big patio with tables and seats
  • Private garden with deckchairs
  • Orangerie – dining room
  • Front lake living room
  • 2 bath rooms
  • Equipped kitchen

Dressed in pale pink with a neoclassical structure, Villa Ottagonale is one of two souls that looks out onto the lake filled with lotuses and water lilies. Large French windows open onto the flower-covered patio illuminated by iron lamps on reserved and somewhat secret tables. Furnished with grace and romanticism, it alternates between muted colours and the stronger tones of natural greens. The living room, surrounded by niches and neoclassical vases, overlooks the patio and the lake shore, and is perfect for summer evenings, winter mornings, aperitifs and dinners. The veranda, used as a dining room, is camouflaged in nature inside and out: flowers and leaves chase each other among the vine leaves and the interior walls, decorated with the same foliage. The villa has two bedrooms, one in a Prussian green and one pink, with two grand, momentous bathrooms. The one in mottled black marble even contains a small sky of stars.


  • 4 guests – 2 double rooms – 110 sqm
  • Big patio with tables and seats
  • Private garden with table and seats
  • Front lake living room
  • 3 bath rooms
  • Equipped kitchen

Villa Padiglione is the lake’s other soul, leaning against a stairway that gently descends into the water, amidst vases and stone balls that adorn its edges. The pavilion consists of a marvellous frescoed living room with the colours of perpetual summer. Equipped with a fireplace and windows opening onto the patio in front of the lake where you can enjoy lunches and dinners or just observe the lotus flowers, water lilies and multicoloured ducks and the nature around. The rooms, with soft shades and warm woods and a large library, make it an elegant refuge where one can enjoy the spectacle of the fruit trees, flowers and statues that envelop the house like a gentle protection. Both rooms have a simple, light bathroom, with washbasins set in front of large windows framing flowers and statues.

Services available upon request

  • Personal chef
  • Transfers to/from airport or rail station
  • Baby sitter
  • Masseuse


Italian breakfast: fresh bread, croissants, fine pastry biscuits, jams and honey, butter, fresh fruit and juices, yoghurt, cereals, coffee, milk, cappuccino and soja milk upon request. Breakfast is served in the living room or patio on the lake, as preferred.

Gourmet Experiences

  • They have a personal chef for your exclusive dining experiences, ready to prepare refined, local cuisine upon request. They offer a refined Italian and local cuisine, with a careful selection of products from nearby gardens, organic farms and local grocers to give you the most authentic, wholesome experience and a wide selection of local and national wines curated by our Sommelier.


  • Lakeside chic


  • From EUR 800 per night per Villa
Local Guide

Good to know

  • Relais La Foleia: a 2 luxury villas renovated Relais which includes, gardens, seasonal outdoor natural pool and private lake. Nothing better to recharge and pamper yourself!

  • We are just a couple of minutes’ drive from Lake Maggiore, one of the most beautiful Italian lakes that has enchanted the great Italian and foreign artists who have stayed here.

  • Lake Maggiore was a favorite resort locality for the noble families of Lombardy (e.g. the Borromeos and the Viscontis) that also constructed sumptuous villas here, beginning in the 1700s.

  • Nature lovers will find Lake Maggiore the ideal place to spend their holidays thanks to the many botanical gardens, parks and nature reserves.

  • Lake Maggiore is also a natural paradise for sports lovers. In the areas surrounding the lake you can practice sports such as hiking, biking, golf, and horseback riding, immersed in natural landscapes of rare beauty. The lake waters are ideal for sailing, canoeing, yachting, with shore facilities all around.


  • They’re only 5 kms away from Arona, small town that offers culture, restaurant and shopping options year-round, joining forces with them to make the region an attractive destination for all seasons. One of the largest statues in the world located in Arona: the Colossus of St. Carlo Borromeo, more than 35 metres tall.
  • They’re only 25 kms away from Stresa, preferred holiday resort of many famous celebrities and politicians. Beautiful villas and imposing fortresses and castles are located around the area and bear witness to the history and culture enriching the charm of this place.
  • In half an hour you can reach the fascinating archipelago of the Borromean Islands set between Stresa and Verbania. Immersed in the marvellous and suggestive waters of Lake Maggiore, they are just jaw-droppingly beautiful.
  • They’re 20 minutes away from the Mottarone, a national park which has acquired notoriety due to its scenic paths along the mountains. Once at the top, you can enjoy a marvellous view of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, the lakes of Varese and Lake Mergozzo overlooked by the majestic mountain circle featuring Mount Rosa.
  • 5 Prestigious Golf Clubs are available in the area: only 25km far away from each other, everyone with its challenging beauty, and 117 holes open all year round (except January).
  • In less than one hour drive from Varese, Como and Switzerland and of course Foxtown, the renowned Shopping Outlet in Ticino.
  • They’re 25 minutes away from the Malpensa airport, thus making it easy to reach us from different destinations within Europe and worldwide.
  • Milan, cultural and shopping city “par excellence”, just an hour from the property provides them with a renowned variety of cultural events and internationally acclaimed shows throughout the year.
  • That’s why they are a good port of arrival for those venturing to Italy even in the wintertime.


  • Boat on the Lake: elegant motorboat (that can be used without a license) located a few kilometres from the property to tour Lake Maggiore in every corner, alone or accompanied by our guide who can enlighten you on special views. Maximum capacity of 4 people with which you can explore the picturesque shores of the lake, the UNESCO-protected Borromeo Islands, the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, and much more.

For both proposals, they can arrange refined gourmet picnics with elegant and colorful tablecloths and crockery to be enjoyed during your excursion. Quotations on request.

  • Horse back riding lessons and tours
  • Access to golf clubs nearby
  • Mountain bike rental
  • Trekking on Mount Mottarone
  • Wake board on Lago d'Orta
  • Kite/Wind surf rental for Lake Maggiore
  • E-bike
  • Cooking courses with our personal chef
  • Excursion on Maggiore and Orta Lake
  • Tours of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, Isola Madre (The Borromeo Islands on Lake Maggiore)

Cultural sights

  • Palazzo Borromeo
  • Villa Pallavicino
  • The Gardens of Villa Taranto

Wine Tasting

They can organise wine tastings in the surrounding wine cellars.

  • Cantine Miru di Ghemme
  • Castello Conti di Boca
  • Nervi Cellars

Cheese Tasting

  • Luigi Guffanti: Luigi Guffanti in Arona has been breeding Italian cheeses since 1876. We organise on request a visit to their maturing cellars followed by a tasting of their cheeses. The visit lasts 60/90 minutes.

Favourite restaurants

  • La cucina della Darbia (Vacciago) Right above Orta San Giulio, amazing views and excellent local cuisine.

  • Il Sole di Ranco (Ranco) On the other side of the lake, a really special restaurant where the sun sets right in front of you. Excellent cuisine and wine list.

  • Albergo Ristorante Verbano (Pescatori Island, Lago Maggiore) This restaurant is on one of the three Borromeo islands (Isola dei Pescatori) protected by UNESCO.

  • Battipalo ristorante (Lesa) Right next to Il Rapanello, another great restaurant with amazing views, right on the lake.

  • (Borgomanero) Impressive fine dining restaurant recently opened in a cute local town (no lake view).

  • Trattoria dei commercianti (Borgomanero) Family run, typical Piedmont cuisine, amazing local ingredients, excellent wine list.

How to get there

  • Fly into Milan Malpensa, approx. 30 min drive from the property
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