The history of the noble family of the Marquess of Rozzano dawns in 1859 just two years before the Unification, when Italy became a single nation and Lombardy was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By the end of the 19th century the Rozzano family was one of the most important of the great families of Milan, frequently seen in the salons of the Royal Family of Savoy whose members were also regular guests of the Marquess at Villa Camilla.
At that time the current Marquess’ great uncle was a man of great passions, first and foremost of which was sailing and many superb testimonials to this enthusiasm remain, not least of all the most prestigious of Italian Yacht Clubs, the Yacht Club Italiano di Genova, of which he was a member. In 1938 the Marquess founded and was first President of the Associazione Velica Alto Lario, among the most senior of Italian yacht clubs and the second on Lake Como itself.
He was equally passionate about art, horses and hunting and these naturally form a strong decorative element in the furnishings of the villas, a perfect setting for family trophies, collections of paintings, 13th century frescoes and antique furniture.
The current Marquess has kept these passions alive, winning the world speed record in outboard motor boats on 2nd October 1970 and in 1982 founding the world’s most important pleasure craft museum, the Museo della Barca Lariana www.museobarcalariana.it