Holidays in Villa del Balbianello

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Lake Como showing a bay or harbour, a coastal town and boating

As one of Lake Como’s most iconic landmarks, it’s easy to see why this historic villa has served as the setting for a number of popular movies.

Villa del Balbianello is set in a commanding location on the edge of a wooded promontory that juts out from the coastline. Stroll around the handsome building befitting this striking setting and find well-landscaped gardens and an interesting museum.

The villa was constructed in the late 18th century on the site of an earlier monastery. After a succession of different owners, it finally became the home of Milanese businessman Guido Monzino in the 1970s. Monzino left the villa to Fondo Ambiente Italiano, a non-profit organization that continues to manage the property today.

Keep an eye out for the inscription that translates to “do as you please,” carved into the pavement of the entrance portico. Admire the 13th-century façade of the villa’s small church, the only remains of the old monastery. As you wander through the villa’s lovely garden, you’ll see statues amid pines, sycamores and laurel bushes. You may recognize the grounds of the villa from several well-known movies, including Casino Royale and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones.

Follow the path leading to the highest part of the garden, where you’ll find the villa’s famous loggia. On one side, you can see the Gulf of Diana and on the other, the Gulf of Venus and the town of Bellagio. Notice the loggia’s three arcades are attractively covered with evergreen vines.

Be sure to explore the museum housed inside the villa, which is dedicated to the adventures of its last owner, Guido Monzino. Admire the African, Chinese and pre-Columbia art, as well as the stately 18th-century English and French furniture. You’ll also see mementos from Monzino’s journey to the summit of Mount Everest in 1973, the first ascension ever made by an Italian.

Villa del Balbianello is located on the western shore of Lake Como. It’s open from mid-March to mid-November and there is an admission fee. Tours of the villa’s interior must be arranged in advance.

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4154 Cheap Hotels Near Villa del Balbianello

Albergo Lenno
Albergo Lenno
4 out of 5
Via Lomazzi 23, Lenno, Tremezzina, CO
The price is AU$162 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lido di Lenno and Villa del Balbianello. Perlana Beach and Sacro Monte di Ossuccio are also within 2 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (108 reviews)
Beautiful and conveniently located hotel
"This is a beautiful hotel. The lady at the front desk was very knowledgable, friendly as well as professional. She let us check early, gave us boat schedule and gave advice on activities and restaurants. The best part of the hotel is that the boat terminal is situated right in front so you can go ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

Albergo Lenno
Albergo Ristorante Lavedo
Albergo Ristorante Lavedo
via lavedo 1, loc.lenno, Tremezzina, CO
Situated near the beach, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Lido di Lenno and Villa del Balbianello. Perlana Beach and Sacro Monte di Ossuccio are also ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (14 reviews)
"Nice location- very very basic room! Lovely staff though"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Albergo Ristorante Lavedo
Balbianino
Balbianino
Via alla Torre 5, Loc. Lenno, Tremezzina, CO
Situated on a lake, this townhouse accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of Lido di Lenno and Villa del Balbianello. Perlana Beach and Sacro Monte di Ossuccio ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Fantastic stay and great location near restaurants and boat to other villages!"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

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Albergo Lenno
Albergo Lenno
4 out of 5
Via Lomazzi 23, Lenno, Tremezzina, CO
The price is AU$162 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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Albergo Ristorante Lavedo
Albergo Ristorante Lavedo
via lavedo 1, loc.lenno, Tremezzina, CO
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Via alla Torre 5, Loc. Lenno, Tremezzina, CO
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Lenno Giallo – Beautiful Apartment With Breathtaking Lake View
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Villa Parisi, Lenno, Italy
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Villa Parisi
Via Vignola 6, Tremezzina, CO
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Residence Lenno
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A PRESTIGIOUS WATERFRONT MANSION IN FRONT OF THE PENINSULA OF BELLAGIO
A PRESTIGIOUS WATERFRONT MANSION IN FRONT OF THE PENINSULA OF BELLAGIO
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"IL GOLFO APARTMENT" LENNO LAGO DI COMO
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