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Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzina

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The queen of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello rests on the tip of a small wooded peninsula and is celebrated for its elaborate terraced gardens. The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery. By the time wealthy American businessman Butler Ames purchased the property in the early 20th century, the villa had fallen into a state of neglect. Ames renovated the estate extensively, making vast improvements to the already impressive gardens. In 1974 the property was sold to Guido Monzino, the leader of the first Italian expedition to Mount Everest, who filled the villa with a rich collection of fine art and artifacts acquired on his expeditions. After paying the entry fee, you can walk freely through the gardens and enjoy the sweeping views of the lake. Guided tours of the interior are available at additional cost. With our world travel planner, Tremezzina attractions like Villa del Balbianello can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Beautiful villa where you look at it, it is a forced and worship in Lago Di Como, there is not anything like. Important to keep in mind that to get there are three options, two roads on foot, one complicated shorter and longer rather than one that obviously takes more time. The best option a taxi boat that caught in Lido di Lenno and takes you through €7, both routes. To leave the car the best way is to follow Villa Balbianello because there is a small area where it is not paid. In Lenno, everything is blue, and in some cases limited time zone. The entry in one day has to be fantastic, we played us indiscriminate rain, but even so you should go. I recommend to visit the gardens and the House, unfortunately only there are guided tours in English and Italian. Inside worth seeing it, the entrance is expensive but is the best in the area. First thing you do is remove the input and to give you time, then touch enjoy perfectly manicured gardens, there are epic pictures. Comment that you can celebrate weddings in this place, in fact that day there was a, and it is not excessively expensive. Already in the visit of the interior of the House you start by La Loggia where there is a library of story where there are more than 4000 copies, most travel and geography. Its last owner, Guido Monzino, was an inveterate traveler. Hence the vast collection that in the House of elements of African, Aztec, Mayan and Chinese. Although undoubtedly the most striking is the collection of paintings of glass, never before had seen them, is a rather complex technique. Today the House belongs to fund environment Italian FAI, an organism that is responsible for care, promote and monitor the Italian heritage. Monzino to his death leave in his will the inheritance to this agency and its heritage, which is still the mainstay of the Villa Balbianello.
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  • Preserved as is the custom at great museum/homes with personal items in situ. Take a walk right into the place of what good taste with abundant family finance can assemble. Lovely garden, exquisite vi...  read more »
  • The photos speak for themselves. The place is lovely, in a corner of the Lake which offers a panoramic view of almost 360 degrees. The villa is on several floors, with rooms carved into the rock, and tastefully exotic too. If you are in the area, you can't let you get away. You have to climb a bit, both to reach it on foot (for 7 € you can arrive and leave by speedboat) and sightsee as both garden that villa are on different levels. The guided tour you book at the entrance so it may be that there is a free tour for more than an hour. You can still enjoy the garden in the meantime.
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  • Nice looking gardens and Villa but it's overpriced and not that big. Also can be very crowded and chaotic. If you want to go, recommend very early around ten am when they open.
  • A Cardinal desecrated the church that stood here to build a villa. Clearly, it would have been a waste had it been only a church. Then it was purchased by Guido Monzino, a rich man whose hobby was mountain climbing. First Italian ever to make it to Everest. The villa features beautiful gardens and a house with secret passages and extravagant rooms. Star Wars II was filmed here.
  • Went here by walking from the ferry pier. The trail linked to the villa is easy to walk and comfortable. We spent 2 hours here by taking photo and walking around slowly.
  • Very beautiful view and nice villa. Should pay a visit if you are in como
  • Highly overrated - visit Lake Como, but save yourself the trouble and take this off your list. In 30+ years of global travel, this is one of the few hours of my life I'd rather have back.
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