Bellissime Acque: Living On The Water In Italy

An outdoor table set up in front of a lake with a house in the background as well
Lake Como is just one of many great Italian waterfronts many would love to live next to.

From glittering Lake Como to the sparkling shores of Sicily to the picturesque coast of Tuscany, Italy has access to some of the most exceptional bodies of water in the world. Whether you are interested in a newly-built luxury villa or a charming, historical property, Italy is well-supplied with unmatched waterfront properties. Here are five magnificent Italian homes along the water:

A rustic library with wicker furniture and a view of a lake.

Cozy up with a good book and views of the sparkling water. (Building Heritage)

Lake Como Fairytale

Your Lake Como fairytale dream home awaits you. This remarkable three-bedroom, three-bathroom property is accessible exclusively by boat. Once you arrive, you are greeted by lush landscapes of ancient trees and fragrant blossoms, transporting you to a different time.

The architecture of this abode harkens back to Lake Como’s history when quarrymen would carve into the mountains to obtain stone to build churches and villas. The heart of this house is the living room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the iconic Lake Como. Enjoy al fresco dining with lake views or snuggle up with a good book. The stone walls and wooden beams throughout create a magical place to live.

The residence is listed with Pascal Brülhart of Building Heritage.

A shaded outdoor sitting area next to a white marble staircase and house

This gorgeous villa is nestled in the prestigious Aeolian Islands. (Building Heritage)

Modern Sicilian Villa

This modern Sicilian villa is in the prestigious Aeolian Islands, on the island of Panarea. The sea views on the many spacious terraces and outdoor living areas will take your breath away. This property is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.

Each exquisitely furnished bedroom has a private bathroom, ensuring optimal comfort for guests and residents. Relax in the spacious living room, which has been furnished with designer furniture. The property also features a small outbuilding, which can easily accommodate guests or house staff. The surrounding garden is a vision of palms, agaves, and prickly pears.

The villa is listed with Felice Rizzotti of Building Heritage

Located above the village of Cadenabbia is this newly built villa. (Building Heritage)

Lakefront Villa

An elegant private driveway leads to the covered front porch of this newly built villa on Lake Como. Inside the home, from the living room, you have a gorgeous front view of the lake. Enjoy your meals in the cheerfully bright dining room with impressive panoramic glass windows. A large custom kitchen is the ideal place to cook, and there is no better place to enjoy a meal than the large terrace overlooking the lake.

The home is an architectural work of art. A wooden and glass staircase takes you to the first floor where you will find a bathroom with a sauna and a study area. There is a cellar with a local stone vault and a large garage for vehicle storage. Take a dip in the sparkling swimming pool lined with local stone and lounge in the adjoining sun terrace.

The property is listed with Pascal Brülhart of Building Heritage.

A room with a bed, dresser and a big glass wall with a nice view of the lake.

The completely renovated 18th century villa overlooks Lake Como. (Building Heritage)

Renovated 18th Century Villa

This bright 18th century villa has been totally renovated to effortlessly blend traditional charm with luxurious living. The epitome of Italian sophistication, this historic home boasts gilded coffered ceilings and stunning vistas of the mountains and lake from every window. The property was painstakingly and respectfully updated. The main entrance was originally an old chapel and has since been completely restored, and the original flooring dates back to 1720.

Every single tile has been carefully restored to its glorious splendor. A vast garden surrounds the property and features a swimming pool as well as spacious terraces. A private dock is currently set up as an open-space apartment on the water with a fully retractable glass window. There are also three fully functioning wood-burning fireplaces throughout the home.

The property is listed with Pascal Brülhart of Building Heritage.

A birds eye view of the gulf of Baratti, with plains and and trees everywhere.

The enchanting Gulf of Baratti awaits you on the Tuscan Coast. (Building Heritage)

Beachfront on the Tuscan Coast

Designed by the famous Italian architect Alberto Rosselli, this beachfront estate on the Tuscan coast boasts unrivaled panoramic views. Just a short walk from the beach, the property boasts exclusive and luxurious amenities such as a swimming pool, vegetable garden, wine cellar, vineyard and horse stables.

The 10-acre property features vineyards that produce high-quality wine from red and white grapes. This estate is ideal not only for the wine enthusiast but also for the equestrian enthusiast. Four spacious stables have plenty of room for horses and equestrian activities.

The property is listed with Cinzia Romanelli of Building Heritage.

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Nina Concepción is a Latina actor, writer, and Upright Citizens Brigade performer in Los Angeles. Her UCB credits include being a member of the house team "Elefante," Harold night, and numerous sketch shows. Nina's horror-comedy short film, "No Thank You," was an official selection of the 2021 Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. She is also the co-writer and star of "Schmotts," an indie award-winning comedy series.

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