Tremezzina, Lake Como

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 near the villa!

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Villa Balbianello (picture:

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Some useful information for your visit

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.

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.

Walking in the gardens of Villa Balbianello
Walking in the gardens of the villa
View of Bellagio from Loggia Durini, the upper part of the villa
View of Bellagio from Loggia Durini, the upper part of the villa

The movies: Star Wars and many more

Villa del Balbianello has been used as the setting for several movies, including A Month by the LakeCasino 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!



Can I visit the villa?

Yes, both gardens and villa

Entry price

Entry price

  • Garden only: €3 (6-18 years old kids: €1)
  • Whole property (garden + villa): €15 (6-18 years old kids: €8)

  • See a full list on the official website

    Opening times

    Opening times

    Open from mid-March to mid-November.

    • Tue/Thu/Fri: 10:30am - 6:30pm
    • Sat/Sun/Holidays: 10:30am - 7:30pm
    Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays (except on holidays)

    Guided tours

    Guided tours

    60 minute guided tours for groups of up to 15 people are available by reservation (please contact this mail address for more info).

    Cost: €60 per group + ticket price

    How to get there


    Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzina CO

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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).

    Start of the footpath to Villa Balbianello
    Start of the footpath to Villa Balbianello

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    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 ManzoniGiovanni Berchet, and Giuseppe Giusti.

    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. 

    Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

    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).

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