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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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  • It can be accessed on foot from Lenno some days, beautiful forest walk to discover this villa on a promontory surrounded by water. The interiors are superb, you'd think that people just left, must see
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  • a dream location in the countryside and on the shores of the Lake. ancient and modern works of art in a charming ...
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  • The explorer who lived here had a fascinating life and his home is extremely interesting and very beautiful. Truly a unique experience to visit. 
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  • One of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Amazing. Extra bonus James Bond Casino Royale and Star Wars (amongst others) were shot here.
  • Very beautiful and idyllic place, with nice garden and great view. Entry is a bit pricey though. The long walk there is breathtaking.
  • Splendid view and amazing story. The place itself has charme and beauty in its dna
  • Amazing villa near the lac. You should do the tour that will explain you the story of the villa and its new owner. Passionating!
  • The location is abolutely stunning! Stendhal was right: you are left speechless! The location, the garden and the villa everithing is so perfect and well kept by Fai. I would say it's got a sort of magic atmosphere ; it's an experience you'll never forget!!