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Villa Monastero, Varenna
(4.6/5 based on 650+ 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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  • Not only is the view and landscaping beautiful but quite a fascinating place to see and hear the history of it. It is quite a hike to the top. I did see some people get out of a taxi but we were alrea...  more »
  • A nice walk in a garden along the Lake in a narrow long strip approx 1 km. Not up to other popular villas but there are some botanical jewelry as a wonderful magnolia jutting out into the Lake and some beautiful views. Well worth the 5 euros. I personally found the better and more interesting the way that from the pier to the monastery, along the Lake through arcades and a lovely Marina. Very nice country seen from the Lake.
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  • These gardens are beautiful and set on the edge of Lake Como. There is a wide range of plants and trees, many of which look positively prehistoric. The citrus trees are varied and some will amaze you ...  more »
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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