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“Splendid house with much to enjoy.”

Villa della Porta Bozzolo
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Coming here directly from a family home we realised the value of private ownership in the warmth and personality this gives to a house. Porta Bozzolo is a fine and enjoyable visit with much to treasure but it lacks personality and style provided by family homes. That said the Italian National Trust do a fine job and there is much to see and enjoy including its fine gardens.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

it is so lovely to come across this place ...... i spent summers there as a child when it was falling down - now run by the italian national trust

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Somehow an element of this exquisite exposure reminded me of Mt Carmel's steps, as we paused to appreciate the handsome details of the carvings on the stone vases, cheeky putti and huge pots of lemons decorating the corner of the courtyard of honour. I sat for twenty minutes contemplating the monumental and ornamental architecture of the terraces inlaid with panels of decorative stonework. I love the way the long shadows of cypress fall across the lawn octagon below. The harshness of the baroque melds into the romantic lines of nature's abundance.
While inside, there is a vision in harmony as the eye is led out from the villa along the avenue with 18th Century decorations deferring to the garden where flowers smile at everyturn... and that pale sky of the north floats on the ceiling. Sheer amazing. This garden must be enjoyed from the house as well as from the open. Its filled with intimacy and private pleasures.

1  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

This villa was mentioned in our guide book, but only with a few sentences. For us it was one of the hightlights of our visit to Lago Maggiore.

It is a few kilometres from the lake. A beautiful historic villa with all the original furnishings and an interesting story.

There were no guided tours but enough information was provided which you could read. At the time we were there (early Saturday morning) we were nearly the only guests, so the athmosphere in the house was very peaceful and you could get a feeling of being a guest instead of a touristy visitor.

The villa has many rooms and is much bigger than it looks on the photo.

The gardens are quite nice too, but not too many flower beds.

Thank Fernweh3
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Took a Bus from Lunio to the villa, if you do it this way make sure you buy a return ticket as there is no apparent outlet for bus tickets near the villa. (in case you don't know on a lot of buses in this area you have to buy tickets before you get on the bus from the tobacconist. We caught the bus from Lunio bus station and got the tickets from the bar on the railway station)

As members of the National Trust we did not have to pay and on the day we went, a Saturday, we had the whole place to ourselves.

The villa is one of those gems you tumble across, it's not covered very much in the guide books but it should be!

Most of the house is open for view and it's full of furniture and pictures. All the walls and ceilings are painted with views etc. you wander around the rooms drifting back in time picturing what it would have been like in it's zenith.

The gardens are very attractive and as there is a step hill behind the house I had to walk up it using the zig-zag path, which is not obvious from the bottom.

The restaurant attached is very nice and we enjoyed a nice lunch under the shade of a vine at a very reasonable price.

A very enjoyable excursion I encourage you to visit

Thank TheAdmiralLondon
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