Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzina

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Garden Castle Must See
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Must see the descriptions do not do I find fair visit: villa with obligatory Guide!! Cost 20 euro including free visit to the gardens well spent
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  • August 17, 2017
    On the advice of "Giuseppe" l hotel Fioroni boss we went to the Villa Balbianello. I urge you to arrive by the Lake the view is simply amazing... Arriving at Lenno you will find limited parking. You will make a few meters to feet to take the boat. Arriving free at your choice to do a guided tour. If it's a first it's interesting to know the history of this place. I highly recommend this tour. The place is beautiful...
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  • August 17, 2017
    My brother has his wedding here and all I day is WOW!!!! Everything about the place oozes Italian class and made it one of the best days imaginable.  more »
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  • Lovely place and we got the water taxi to their private dock to save the 25minute walk. Shaded garden which ideal in the sun but very hilly and not suitable for wheelchair users because of this and the narrow gravel paths. Well maintained and some lovely views
  • What an amazing villa! To get here, we took the ferry to Lenno and followed the signs for Villa Balbianello. We opted for the 1km walk to get to the villa (about 20 min), as we didn't feel like waiting for the water taxi. The taxi costs 5€ one-way or 7€ round trip. We also did not buy the guided tour for 20€ (which I believe shows the interior of the buildings) and simply explored the gardens for 10€ on this lovely sunny day. What a gem - so glad we made the trek here and definitely recommend to visit this beautiful place.
  • Lovely place. Expensive at 20eur for the tour inside. The gardens for maybe 5 euros would have been better. That said, the place is gorgeous and it is nice to have a glimpse into one house that looks out onto the lake.
  • Amazing place to visit. Did the tour which was very informative. Views over the lake stunning. My favorite was the music room and library.
  • Wonderful place! House is just fantastic! It feels like being Daniel Craig in Casino Royale movie.

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