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. To visit Villa del Balbianello and get the most from your holiday in Tremezzina, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tremezzina day trip planning tool .
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  • Good but beware of all the people who say it's "the most beautiful garden in the Lake" you will be disappointed to pay € 10 for visit the garden in 15 minutes... a shame.
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  • If you're a fan of Star Wars the visit is essential. We arrived in a taxi-boat to the port of the same villa, very nice. The entrance is expensive for what there is to do.
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  • In the September 2017, we were at Lake Como and have visited the Villa / the garden. Known through James Bond movies, as well as Star Wars a magnet for visitors. When can go for a few euros by boat or a walk of 20 minutes through a nice forest to take. Absolutely great facility with a gigantic panoramic view. Very well maintained. Some attractive plants, but no comparison to the gardens of Villa Carlotta or Giardini botanici. We have visited the Villa - this is only possible with leadership. Very interesting and also quite entertaining with about 45 minutes. It was again time to shoot some pictures. It is but just a real tourist trap. Admission is 20 Euro money and because other gardens have a more attractive price. Then we had to be out there even on time at 6: 00, so that it was not possible to make beautiful pictures with Sun doom and gloom. It clouds the experience somewhat. Time I would so +/-3 hours schedule.
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  • This place is amazing! The gardens are well maintained, with great landscaping. Take the tour of the villa to really understand the life of Mr Monzino, he really was a fascinating explorer with lots of collections!
  • A nice example of the traditional Italian villa. The pathway up to the villa was steep. It is a 15 minute walk to it. I went here in May of 2017. The villa has a nice public tour. The tour is a part of the €20 per person entrance fee.
  • Walked through the villa which was very cool. Grounds surrounding it are amazing to see, and the view looking down the lake towards Como is a sight you have to see
  • Lovely day roaming around here, tour was nice, and included, although the times can get booked up quite quickly depending on the language, best try to get your name down first, and a water taxi from the shore is best advised since it's only 5 euro a head and the walk is quite long from town, all in all really beautiful place.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this villa. Our guide Liza was engaging, informative and her English was perfect. The tour gives a really insightful understanding of what it would have been like to live here. The tour took us into numerous rooms including bedrooms/bath rooms. Most rooms are adorned by significant works of art and antiquities. The views of the lake and surrounds from in and out of the villa are sublimely beautiful and romantic. Arriving and departing by boat capped off a wonderful experience. A must see!
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