Our history


A very special birthday present

1850 A very special birthday present

Construction work begins on a luxurious holiday villa by the lake for a noble family from Bergamo: Count Frizzoni brings together leading architects from Northern Italy to meet his wife's every demand.  Work finishes in 1854 and the villa is opened for the Countess's birthday. 


The Grand Hotel opens its doors

1873 The Grand Hotel opens its doors

Significant funds are invested in extending the villa and turning it into the Grand Hotel Bellagio: it is an instant success and nobility from all over the world come to stay. Empire, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles come together harmoniously, delighting and enchanting the wealthy guests of the day.


The Bucher dynasty

1918 The Bucher dynasty

When the First World War comes to an end, Arturo Bucher, grandson of the Swiss entrepreneur and luxury hotel pioneer Franz Josef Bucher, buys the Grand Hotel. With 150 members of staff, the hotel attracts increasingly prominent names to this beautiful oasis of peace.


The real Dolce Vita

1950 The real Dolce Vita

Bellagio  becomes more and more popular with Hollywood stars and international politicians: Sir Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J. F. Kennedy, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, and Al Pacino are just a few of the prestigious guests who have walked the lounges and gardens by the lake.


Suites and more

2004 Suites and more

Another feature marking this luxury hotel as being of the highest level is the loving care devoted to food and wine: thanks to the visionary work of chef Ettore Bocchia, the father of Italian molecular cuisine, the Mistral Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni wins a Michelin star, which it still holds today.


A century in the family

2018 A century in the family

The Bucher family celebrates 100 years and 4 generations at the helm of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, proving that the best business strategy is to remain faithful to one's values: the utmost consideration for guests and an ambiance with a luxurious yet homely touch.

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