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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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  • One of the (many) highlights of a week spent around Lake Como. Although accessible by road, it's much better to arrive by boat at the small jetty on the lake. We took the guided tour of the house with...  more »
  • I visited this Villa largely because I was interested in the Star Wars and James Bond Casino Royale locations filmed at this Villa and you can see why because if you want photos of the Como you see in...  more »
  • The villa is on a small peninsula with startling views on the lake. It is about 20-30 min. on foot through the woods from the ferry stop in Lenno (you may use also water taxi). The walk in the beautif...  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.