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Villa del Balbianello

Via Guido Monzino 1 | Località Lenno, 22016, Tremezzina, Italy
+39 0344 56110
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Built in the late 16th century and only reached by boat from Sala Comacina, this magnificent villa is known for its picturesque gardens, which exclusively feature flowers and trees the colors of the Italian flag: green, white and red. The villa is currently closed, it will open to the public on March 11th 2017.
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Via Guido Monzino 1 | Località Lenno, 22016, Tremezzina, Italy
+39 0344 56110
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievably lovely--no wonder it has appeared in a Star Wars and Bond film. Take the actual house tour--owned and renovated by a man with true lust for life--fascinating collections and interiors. Went on a Sunday, when the little village had an open-air crafts market, ate...More

Thank shakti60
Reviewed 1 week ago

As you trek the long walk (some of it uphill) to get to the Villa, you may find yourself thinking, "I hope this is worth it!" Well, it is! Stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, unparalleled views of the mid-lake - it is simply not to be...More

Thank wndyctyGAL
Reviewed 8 December 2017

I'll keep this short: Villa Balbianello is one of the most beautiful villas in Europe. Arriving by water taxi is a great experience and the grounds are lovely. The Villa itself is just fantastic and well worth the entrance fee. Don't miss it!

1  Thank cpw20
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Tours are offered in English which was great for us. Walking around the beautiful gardens and enjoying the fantastic view is obviously enjoyable but the tour focuses on the buildings such as the library, map rooms, secret rooms and exits, bedrooms, and art and collection...More

Thank Monique I
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Oh did it rain on the morning we were transported by small ferry to this Villa! We were on an included excursion with our tour company so of course we had limited time available to see everything. We did find, however, that inside we were...More

Thank CJCandJC
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is a must when in Como, just remember that they are not open on Mondays. Grab the ferry, for 15euros you can get a day pass, and get off at Lenno. You can either walk or go to the beach and grab a water...More

1  Thank krisdlynch
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We almost missed this place because of confusing ferry-boats, but I'm so glad we made it there on our last day! Such a beautiful place and views! Took the ferry to Lenno. We walked to the Villa, and it took about 15 minutes for us,...More

2  Thank johannamaa
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Surreal location on Lake Como. A must visit with the tour. We did it as part of the tour on Taxi boat Varenna and this is my recommendation on how to see it. Owned by an explorer , it contains momentos of his many expeditions....More

Thank lfbmonkey
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Previous reviewers who enjoyed these gardens have written in depth of the history and location, expensive perhaps, but a quality experience. The walk to the gardens from Lenno is comfortable, gradual uphill sections, wide comfortable pavement underfoot. Take your time enjoy the wooded walk which...More

1  Thank Hitchiker_bear
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I have to agree with the others that Villa del Balbianello is hugely overpriced. It goes without saying that the location is stunning, but 20 euros per person was totally over the top. The grounds are beautiful, but it does only take about 10 minutes...More

Thank Carol K
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Joe P
28 November 2017|
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Response from JohnInItaly | Reviewed this property |
There are many different boats from Varenna, across the lake to either Bellagio, Menaggio, or Caddenabia, with service continuing to Lenno, which is very close to the villa. Some smaller towns have very few boats per day... More
Kenneth L
15 November 2017|
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Response from Fondoambiente | Property representative |
Hi, we are open on 25 and 26 from 10 am to 6 pm, last entrance for the villa 4.30 pm, last entrance for the gardens 5.15 pm
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3 September 2017|
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Response from Fondoambiente | Property representative |
Hello! no reservation required. Tickets on spot. Remember we are closed on Monday and Wednesday, other days open from 10 am to 6 pm, last entrance in the Villa 4.30 pm.
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