In 1948 the silk manufacturer Carlo Sacchi and the speedboat racing
champion Sandro De Col, notwithstanding the curse, contacted Lino Nessi
with the proposal to start up a Locanda (inn) on the Island, at that
time only inhabited by snakes. Sandro De Col suddenly died in a motorboat
accident, while Carlo Sacchi was killed at Villa d'Este by Countess
Bellentani. Having lost his heart, Lino Nessi was about to give it up
when the English writer Francis Dale suggested him an exorcism, now
known as "the exorcism of fire".
Since then, every time somebody has a meal at the Locanda dell'Isola,
the fire ceremony is performed.
From a neglected, cursed, excommunicated land, a new tradition of hospitality
was born and still thrives, open to everybody, no matter what nationality
Guests are sacred on the Island, where every member of the staff is
eager to meet your wishes. Here you will find a small Eden exuding poetry
and charm, a place where you can enjoy the ever changing colours of
the landscape during the day, and a unique, enchanting atmosphere enhanced
by the village lights reflected in the lake in the evening
The fame of the Locanda began with Lino Nessi (known as "Cotoletta",
i.e. "Cutlet") and continues thanks to Benvenuto Puricelli,
the present owner. A stop over here is a must for travellers visiting
Europe and Italy, retracing the steps of several famous people from
all over the world. Have a look at our Guest Book.
The Locanda is "an exclusive, unique place, different from all
the other restaurants".
The restaurant, right on the lake, is bright even in the coldest months
and it is the ideal setting for a meal in summer, thanks to the gentle
breeze blowing from the lake. It can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Neither the original menu created by Cotoletta nor the flavours have
been changed by Benvenuto Puricelli.