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Villa Monastero, Varenna

(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Enjoy the nature, history, and sites of Villa Monastero. Walk through a botanical garden stretching almost 2 km (1.24 mi) along the lakefront from Varenna to Fiumelatte. See the magnolia trees, agave plants, citrus trees, and many rare tree species both native and exotic. There is a small coffee shop in the garden, so you can enjoy a drink while you walk the trails, admiring the statues and sculptures. Stop by the House Museum and walk through the 14 rooms furnished to give you the experience and decor of past styles. This is also home to a convention center where many workshops and cultural events are held. Put Villa Monastero at the forefront of your travel plans using our Varenna itinerary planner.
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  • The gardens are just stunning and well worth the walk all the way to the end. The house was only partially open on the day we visited, but it's still worth a look - what a place to have lived!  more »
  • A great place with spectacular view on Lake Como. The villa is a huge garden, you walk surrounded by plants and flowers, all very nice. I would absolutely recommend seeing her!
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  • I revisited this place and like the first time I simply loved it. Best time to visit April and may where you can find the flowering plants.
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  • What a wonderful garden! We spent 4 hours wandering around and stopping for a leisurely drink at the caffe. It helps if you like plants or have an interest in classical gardens, but even my kids (who like neither particularly) enjoyed it. A pretty wonderful bargain for 5 euros.
  • Great helpful staff and really nice place to visit. You will need hour and a half or two hours max for villa and garden. Its really worth it.
  • Pretty cool place but cost a few euro's see a coastal garden.
  • This place is beautiful and incredibly photogenic. Nicely manicured gardens, plants and trees from all over the world. The south-facing location means they can grow even tropical things here. A lovely escape for you and your lovely.
  • Ot worth the price, it is yet another villa in como