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Villa del Balbianello

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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...more
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Via Guido Monzino 1 | Località Lenno, 22016, Tremezzina, Italy
+39 0344 56110
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Arrived by private tour boat which is great.Informative guide but rather quick.Once owned by a Cardinal and more recently by wealthy explorer.Facinating rooms.Beautifull gardens.

Thank livelifelong
Reviewed 2 June 2013

The Villa was on my last of places to see for the past 3 years after moving to Spain. Lake Como is an enchanting area and all the nearby villages are exceptional to visit. Lenno, where the Villa is located, has a very romantic charm....More

1  Thank Danny M
Reviewed 1 June 2013

We arrived via the 2 1/2 water taxi tour from Bellagio, excellent but could have spent half hour more at the villa. Really good, informative guided tour of this intruiging house, once the residence of a Cardinal and latterly a wealthy explorer. Everything here, from...More

Thank David F
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Spent about 3 hours there admiring the beauty of the Villa and its grounds, including doing a 1+ hour guided tour of the interior. Lovely views. Don't miss it. Getting there was a little troublesome as the walking access was closed, due to renovation work....More

Thank SporeTripper
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Madame booked this one by mistake (supposed to be the Wine tasting, she doesn't even like wine... but I do!!!) but we didn't realise until we were on the boat. Nevertheless an interesting trip with a very good guide supplied by Crystal. An old building...More

Thank CaernarfonSpanielman
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We got married here in April through Forever Amore Weddings (who were fantastic) and it was the best day ever.... The guests had no idea and were completely shocked when they got there.... Under the Loggia it was just beautiful. Whilst we had some photos...More

1  Thank Ceri B
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We took the ferry from Varenna to Lenno and walked from there to Villa Balbianello. It was a beautiful walk and took maybe 20minutes. We paid 9E to take the tour and I am glad we did. The last owner of the Villa was quite...More

2  Thank karensSouthernIN
Reviewed 25 May 2013

This is a lovely place but it is expensive. We forgot our National Trust cards which was a shame because they offer a significant discount- Italian National have a reciprocal agreement with ours. The gardens are very beautiful but quite small. There are a lot...More

Thank jerahaldi
Reviewed 21 May 2013

Here's a guy that was born into massive wealth and didn't earn a penny during his life, he only spent money on expeditions, property & contents. However he did maintain & fill this property with amazing stuff and there are many great expedition stories to...More

1  Thank ChicMac
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Fairly small for a famous garden but the location is stunning, lovely spaces and worth a visit. Can link this to walking along the Greenway

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HeleN D
29 August 2018|
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Response from CDM49 | Reviewed this property |
Hotel can tell you where to get the ferry. The water taxi ran every 15 minutes when we were there. Cost 5€ per person. It is a 5 minute walk to taxi stand from ferry terminal. You can also walk to the villa but going is all... More
18 July 2018|
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Response from Fondoambiente | Property representative |
Ciao! The gardens ;)
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Response from Thomas F | Reviewed this property |
The Lago Como water taxi service does have a single smaller taxi service that will drop you in the town of Lenno. It is not the same ferry service boats that do the Bellagio, Varrena, Trezzmena routing. I do know that there... More