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Villa Monastero, Varenna

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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. Use our Varenna visit site to arrange your visit to Villa Monastero and other attractions in Varenna.
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  • Amazing views, didn’t go in the house but gardens beautiful. Only €8 each to get in. Definitely worth going if you are in the area 
    Amazing views, didn’t go in the house but gardens beautiful. Only €8 each to get in. Definitely worth going if you are in the area  more »
  • Must see if you are in Varenna. Amazing views, beautiful gardens. Quick walk to it from main square since the town is so tiny. We fell in love with Varenna / Lake Como area. 
    Must see if you are in Varenna. Amazing views, beautiful gardens. Quick walk to it from main square since the town is so tiny. We fell in love with Varenna / Lake Como area.  more »
  • Very unfriendly staff at the entrance. Wouldn’t let us in with a bottle of water (we were 5). Temperature was 34C…!!! They were afraid we would not buy a drink in there bar… (despite we intended to…) 
    Very unfriendly staff at the entrance. Wouldn’t let us in with a bottle of water (we were 5). Temperature was 34C…!!! They were afraid we would not buy a drink in there bar… (despite we intended to…)  more »
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  • Late afternoon is a good time to explore this garden. The crowds disappear and the light is better for photography. On a blisteringly hot July day there was little shade so wear a hat and carry water. It must have been hard work carving this garden out of the steep hill side but the terracing and wide paths make walking easy. The main road is actually built over a part of the garden and they thoughtfully cast the concrete around the large trees to avoid having to uproot them. The gardens seem popular with people taking photographs of themselves wearing wildly fashionable clothes presumably for their Instagram page. There was even a bride and groom posing against the glamorous backdrops. The planting is well-designed and impeccably maintained and the views are sensational. The extra cost for viewing the rooms in the house is well worth it to get the overall picture of the house in its setting. If you are visiting Varenna and like gardens and views this place is a must see.
  • This place is magic and amazing and it really deserves a visit. You must take to enter to visit the botanical garden but the price is worth the visit. I have never seen so many trees and so beautiful. The view on the lake The view on the lake is speechless and leaves you with a sense of greatness. The town as well as nice and you take amazing pictures all around the lake. I really recommend this visit
  • Not Great...... We asked for Museum tickets but were given Garden only tickets. When we asked at museum entrance we were told we needed to go back to the entrance. NOT WORTH THE TRECK. There is a toilet beside the coffee shop. It was filthy. You would think something as simple as basic toilet cleaning would be done. The gardens are beautiful but then there are many beautiful places in the area. Definitely not worth the money.
  • This may be my favorite spot in the world, at least what I’ve seen of it! I have visited there twice and it is truly magnificent. The gorgeous landscape architecture coupled with views of Lake Como — with its layers of mountain peaks in every direction — makes for many breathtaking sights.
  • We arrived knowing nothing about this place and when we saw you had to pay we almost backed out and were skeptical, because we wanted to use our time to swim somewhere instead. But for students it’s only £3,50 so we went for it and i have no regrets. We skipped the interior part but the walk through the botanical gardens was probably the most beautiful, memorable, and enjoyable parts of our day at lake como. You can’t beat the views and it was just amazing overall. The water below looked absolutely lovely and although we didn’t have time to swim, we realized the entry to that magical, sort of hidden beach is just to the right of the villa entrance when you are facing it. Varenna and the villa should definitely be a part of your itinerary, the town is small and charming, with accessible swimming and really fabulous viewpoints all throughout it. Sort of a side note but worth noting that the only downside is the people at the ferry don’t communicate very clearly so be sure to explain what tickets you have and ask very specific questions so you aren’t stranded.

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