LAKE COMO'S VILLAS
the 8 best villas you can't miss

The villas in Lake Como are some of the most beautiful destinations in all of Italy. A must-see if you are planning your holidays on Lake Como.

Each villa has its own unique charm and atmosphere. Some of them – like Villa d’Este – have become luxury hotels, while others provide exceptional activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Most Lake Como’s villas are located outside Como city and in some cases they’re only surrounded by nature and magnificent gardens. Here is a list of my 8 favourite villas in Lake Como!

Villa Melzi in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Villa Melzi d'Eril, Bellagio

Experience a fascinating walk in the gardens of Villa Melzi, a perfect balance between architecture and natural beauty.

VILLA MELZI | Info

VISITS:

Villa Melzi gardens are open from March to November. The visit includes a stroll along many historical, artistic and botanical paths on the shores of Lake Como. The villa is not open to public.


SINGLE TICKET:

€6,50 (children under 12 free entrance)


COOL FOR:

  • the combination of nature and art
  • its proximity to Bellagio and to the pier

E-MAIL:

info@giardinidivillamelzi.it


ADDRESS: 

Via Lungo Lario Manzoni, Bellagio

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Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Villa Balbianello, Tremezzina

Take a stroll around the gardens and visit the interiors of Villa Balbianello, location for amazing weddings, events and film sets.

VILLA BALBIANELLO | Info

VISITS: 

From March to November, you can take a tour into the amazing gardens of Villa Balbianello – set of Star Wars, among others! – and then visit the rich collection of ethnic sculptures and artifacts inside the villa.


SINGLE TICKET:

€20 for full entry ticket, €10 for gardens only; 4-14 yo children: €10, free for children under 4 (more on the website)


COOL FOR:


E-MAIL: 

faibalbianello@fondoambiente.it


ADDRESS:

Via Comoedia 1, Tremezzina

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Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como (Italy)

Villa Monastero, Varenna

An amazing complex that includes a wide botanical garden and a museum that collects four centuries of history.

VILLA MONASTERO | Info

VISITS: 

Gardens of Villa Monastero are open all days from March to October, whereas openings are less frequent in winter. The museum inside the villa is mainly open in the summer (more on the website).


SINGLE TICKET: 

€8 for full entry ticket, €5 for gardens only; free for children under 11 (more on the website)


COOL FOR:

  • the variety of colors and scents of its botanical garden
  • its proximity to Varenna and Bellagio

E-MAIL: 

villa.monastero@provincia.lecco.it


ADDRESS: 

Viale Polvani 4, Varenna

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Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina, Lake Como (Italy)

Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

Surrounded by a wide botanical garden, Villa Carlotta is home to a museum that collects works by Canova and Hayez.

VILLA CARLOTTA | Info

VISITS: 

Villa Carlotta and its gardens are open from March to November. A single ticket entitles you to visit the entire property (villa + gardens).


SINGLE TICKET: 

€10 (children under 6 free entrance)


COOL FOR:


E-MAIL: 

segreteria@villacarlotta.it


ADDRESS: 

Via Regina 2, Tremezzina

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Villa Bernasconi, Cernobbio, Lake Como

Villa Bernasconi, Cernobbio

A beautiful example of Italian Stile Liberty, Villa Bernasconi frequently hosts art exhibitions, events, and weddings.

VILLA BERNASCONI | Info

VISITS:

During all year, you can see the interiors of the villa and discover its origins through an innovative and interactive itinerary that combines history and technology.


SINGLE TICKET:

€8 (children under 14 free entrance)


COOL FOR:

  • the combination of Stile Liberty and innovation of the museum inside the villa
  • its proximity to Cernobbio and the tourist office

E-MAIL: 

villa.bernasconi@comune.cernobbio.co.it


ADDRESS: 

Largo Campanini 2, Cernobbio

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Como, Italy: Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo, Como

A prestigious location for conferences, events and art exhibitions, surrounded by a vast English garden.

VILLA OLMO | Info

VISITS:

The wide park that surrounds Villa Olmo is open all days. The villa is open to public from Tuesday to Sunday (except in the case of temporary exhibitions or events).


SINGLE TICKET: 

Free


COOL FOR:

  • the wide English garden where you can take some time to relax
  • its proximity to Como

E-MAIL: 

infocultura@comune.como.it


ADDRESS: 

Via Simone Cantoni 1, Como

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Villa d'Este, Lake Como

Villa d'Este, Cernobbio

Luxury hotel and high level congress surrounded by a 25 acre English-style garden.

VILLA D'ESTE | Info

VISITS:

Only paying guests can visit the villa and its gardens


SINGLE TICKET:


COOL FOR:

  • the elegance and class of its rooms
  • its proximity to Cernobbio and Como

E-MAIL: 

reservations@villadeste.it


ADDRESS: 

Via Regina 40, Cernobbio

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Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Lake Como

Villa Erba, Cernobbio

Location of many international events, with elegant flower beds on the lakefront. A real gem.

VILLA ERBA | Info

VISITS:

Villa Erba and its park are open to public only in the occasion of fairs or events.


SINGLE TICKET:

Price varies according to the event


COOL FOR:

  • international fairs, weddings and open-air events
  • its proximity to Cernobbio and Como

E-MAIL: 

info@villaerba.it 


ADDRESS: 

Largo Luchino Visconti 4, Cernobbio

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