Located in a majestic 8000 m² park, Villa San Giuseppe was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a Residential Home. In 1984 it was bought by the Diocese of Lugano, Switzerland, as a resort for the diocesan clergy and for the families of the diocese.
Nowadays it is open to the public.
Villa San Giuseppe is composed of a central structure, called VILLA, surrounded by three comfortable apartment houses called “Mimosa”, “Ginestra” and “Oleandro”, as a tribute to the park that surrounds the whole structure.
The location of Hotel Villa San Giuseppe is wonderful
Cosy and relaxing setting. Direct access to the promenade and the beach. (review by Monica M.)
Beautiful playground, safe and colourful. Activities also possible on the beach. (review by Sara D.)
Hospitality, peace, beach, fun: Villa San Giuseppe is the answer to all your holiday wishes
AEntrance from via AureliaBpondCchildren’s playgroundDgazeboEparkingFgarageGchurchHentrance from via ColomboIkiosk on the beachLbeach hutsMbeach volleyNbowling – petanqueOseafront promenade in San Bartolomeo
In the early post-war period, Monsignor Angelo Jelmini, Bishop of Lugano (Switzerland), designated Monsignor Antonio Crippa, from the Diocese of Bergamo, to find a place on the Ligurian Riviera to set up the S. Angelo Marine Colony for Children, a charity he had established.
During the Second World War Monsignor Crippa and Bishop Jelmini had worked together to help children who had been victims of the war in Italy. After a careful search, Monsignor Crippa suggested the purchase of VILLA SAN GIUSEPPE, at the time called Villa Angiolina, along with the surrounding plot of land. He was authorised to negotiate with the owner, but Monsignor Jelmini asked the Bishop of Bergamo, Monsignor Bernareggi, to suggest the name of an Italian holder for the purchase of the Villa.
Bishop Bernareggi suggested the association Juventus of Bergamo. This Company had been created by Bergamo’s diocesan administration, which owned several religious institutes. At the beginning, the Villa was declared a property of this association, but all documents guaranteeing the true ownership of the property named the Diocese of Lugano. The property was purchased on November 6th 1948 under the name of Juventus and only after 1971 did it finally become the property of to the Diocese of Lugano.