VILLA BALBIANELLO, Tremezzina

Villa Balbianello, Tremezzina

Villa del Balbianello will leave you breathless, due to its beautiful terraced gardens and picturesque structure.

Located on the tip of the Lavedo headland, in the locality of Lenno (part of Tremezzina), the villa provides a stunning view of Isola Comacina and the western shore of Lake Como. The villa is now home to private events such as weddings, ceremonies and even film or photographic sets.

You cannot, therefore, sleep at the villa, but if you’re looking for an accommodation in the surroundings… take a look at the best places to sleep in Tremezzina on Booking.com!

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Loggia Durini, the upper part of Villa Balbianello
Gardens of Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Gardens of Villa Balbianello

Planning your trip to Lake Como? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Villa Balbianello and its extensive gardens!

KEY FEATURES of Villa Balbianello

The whole complex consists of two residential buildings, a church, and a portico that overlooks a little dock. The main building of Villa Balbianello hosts some English and French furnishings, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

The interiors are embellished by many glass paintings and a rich collection of ethnic sculptures and artifacts.

Interiors of Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Interiors of Villa Balbianello
Guido Monzini's sleigh in Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Guido Monzini's sleigh

The upper floor of Villa Balbianello is dedicated to Guido Monzini, former owner of the villa and leader of the first Italian expedition to Mount Everest. There you will see a lot of pictures, flags, and honors belonging to the famous Italian explorer, in addition to one of the eight sleighs he used to reach the North Pole.

Villa Balbianello is also one of the main venues for weddings on Lake Como. The tall plane trees combined with classical statues make it an incredible destination for couples who wish to wed.

The movies: Star Wars and many more

Villa del Balbianello has been used as the setting for several movies, including A Month by the Lake, Casino Royale, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. When you visit the villa, you should try your hand at identifying key areas featured in these movies!

Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala at Villa Balbianello!
Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala at Villa Balbianello!

OPENING TIMES, ENTRY PRICES and useful info

<strong>Visitable</strong>

Visitable

Yes (both gardens and villa)
<strong>Opening times</strong>

Opening times

From mid-March to mid-November, 11am – 6pm. Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays (except on holidays)
<strong>Entry price</strong>

Entry price

Garden only: €10. Whole property: €20. See a full list on the official website
<strong>Guided tours</strong>

Guided tours

60 minute guided tours for groups of up to 15 people are available by reservation. Cost: €60 per group + ticket price

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HOW TO GET to Villa Balbianello

The unique location of Villa Balbianello allows visitors to get there only by foot (walking on a 1 km footpath which starts from Via degli Artigiani) or by a taxiboat that leaves from the Lenno beach (€7.5 for the roundtrip).

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Start of the footpath that leads to the villa

HISTORY of Villa Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello was built at the end of the 18th century by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery.

In the 19th century, after the cardinal’s death, the villa became property of Count Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, his grandson.

Afterward, Villa Balbianello was purchased by Marquis Giuseppe Arconati Visconti, who hosted some great intellectuals such as Alessandro Manzoni, Giovanni Berchet, and Giuseppe Giusti.

Gardens of Villa Balbianello
Gardens of Villa Balbianello
Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
View of Bellagio from the inside of Loggia Durini

Gianmartino Arconati Visconti, Giuseppe’s son, made some improvements to the villa’s gardens and loggia, but the decline of the noble family eventually led to a state of neglect. In 1919, Villa del Balbianello was purchased by Butler Ames, an American soldier and businessman, who restored the villa to its original splendor.

Later, in 1974, his heirs gave it to the famous entrepreneur and explorer Guido Monzino. He embellished the villa with a rich collection of artifacts that he acquired during his expeditions. In 1988, Monzino died without issue and donated Villa del Balbianello to FAI (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano), the Italian National Trust.

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