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i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Bellagio

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A strip of gardens that line the lakeshore on the Bellagio peninsula, i Giardini di Villa Melzi is a manicured landscape that was once the playground of Francesco Melzi d'Eril, duke of Lodi and the vice president of the Italian Republic in the early 19th century. The Neoclassical villa and chapel set off the colors of the garden. A greenhouse, called the orangery, is home to a collection of artifacts from the Napoleonic period and other rare archaeological finds. On the other side of the grounds, bamboo surrounds a chapel to create a place quiet meditation. Add i Giardini di Villa Melzi to your Bellagio travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Bellagio trip generator.
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  • A wonderful, overlooking Lake Como. The garden is very well maintained with many varieties of plants, all well signposted along the way. The villa is not open to the public. A must see!
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  • Each breathtaking landscape, everything seems movie scenario, yields great shots, is very worthwhile, nooks overlooking the Lago di Como are unforgettable
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  • Lovely gardens and well-kept too. Would have stayed longer but they didn't have a cafe on site and we were very thirsty after doing the two-hour waking tour of Bellagio.  more »
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  • Wonderful collection of specimen plants from all over the world, planted long ago and cultivated over time. Best viewed from early to mid April when the thick azalea bushes are blooming (the timing depends on the weather). The villa is still owned by a family and is not open to view. The villa itself has an interesting history. All done in truly refined Italian style.
  • Incredible! Built in 1800s so more access to flora from all over the world. Massive Sequoias from California, Japan, China, pine trees from different parts of Mexico. Luxuriant and peaceful
  • Nice gardens to stop and have lunch in when in Bellagio. Great views over the lake with plenty of seating
  • The garden is very nice nearby the sea. Take a book and sit on the bench to fully enjoy the magic atmosphere
  • Beautiful gardens to visit. One of the highlights of Como and definitely the only one thing to do in Belaggio