villa del balbianello

Description

A delightful Villa situated precipitously above the lake
At the end of the 18th century, the main access route to the Villa was a steep staircase leading up from the lake. Guests were welcomed by a motto engraved into the floor of the portico that looks out over the marina: “Fay ce que voudras” (“Do what you want”), a perfect description of the spirit of this “place of delights”, on which Cardinal Durini started work in 1787, where one could study and discuss literature and the arts. The splendid Villa del Balbianello rises up on a breathtaking sheer promontory above Lake Como. The loggia affords a beautiful view of the majestic lake: on the one side, you can see the Tremezzina area, which opens out onto the heart of the lake, whereas on the other you can gaze at Comacina Island. It is said that it was in the rooms located on the two sides of the gallery (the Library and the Music Room, now used as the Map Room) that Giuseppe Parini composed his ode “La Gratitudine”, which he dedicated to Cardinal Durini.

Art and memorabilia embellish the interiors

The interiors of the Villa remain redolent of the style choices made in the 1970s by the last owner, Milanese entrepreneur and explorer Guido Monzino. The rooms play host to a rich collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art, alongside 18th-century English and French furniture. There is also a small museum housing documents and memorabilia from Monzino’s expeditions.

A garden with a breathtaking view

The true pride and joy of the Villa is the panoramic terraced garden, which is dominated by the elegant loggia. The garden is a bona fide masterpiece, in which every element relates to the lake, its shores and its mesmerising waters.

Opening hours

Every day except working Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-6pm from mid-March to mid-NovemberLatest entry to the garden 5.15 pm depending on availability.

Latest entrance to the interior 4.30 pm, depending on availability.

How to get there

Lake boat:  Access to the Villa is across the lake with boarding from Lenno. Day-return ticket 7€.

From Como to Lenno bus SPT C10.
Every Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and non-working days the crossover from Lenno is allowed (about 1 km).
Signposts from the Church square.

By LeNORD trains, Milan branch: get off the train at Como Lago station. For train schedule consult the internet site.

Is possible to buy the cumulative ticket train + boat at every FERROVIENORD station, valid only for the purchase day: the discount price ticket include travel by train and by boat.

Groups need reservation at the Ufficio Comitive LeNORD, at least 5 working days before the date: 02 8511.4419 (mon-fri hours 9.30a.m.-12.00a.m./2.00p.m.-3.30p.m), fax 02 8511.4620, e-mail: promotion@lenord.it.

Entrance tickets

Only garden
ADULTS: € 7,00
CHILDREN (4-14 years): € 3,00
FAI MEMBERS, NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS AND PEOPLE RESIDENT IN THE MUNICIPALITIES UNION OF TREMEZZINA: free entry.

Garden + Villa:
Compulsory non reserved guided tour for max 15 people groups, about 60 minutes long in Italian/English (depending on available places).
ADULTS: € 13,00
CHILDREN (4-14 years): € 7,00
FAI MEMBERS, NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS AND PEOPLE RESIDENT IN THE MUNICIPALITIES UNION OF TREMEZZINA : free entry to the garden, € 3 for the interiors, with compulsory guided tour (Italian/English) for groups (max 15 people)

Garden + Villa + Tour:
Compulsory reserved and specialized guided tour for max 15 people groups, about 60 minutes long in Italian/English, reservation is required.
Ticket Villa + guided tour.
Access to the Villa:
ADULTS: € 10,00
CHILDREN (4-14 years): € 5,00
FAI MEMBERS AND PEOPLE RESIDENT IN THE MUNICIPALITIES UNION OF TREMEZZINA : free entry. Guided tour service (Italian, English, Frenc, German and Spanich) for max 15 people: € 60.
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS: € 5,00

Information VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO, Lenno (Como)
Tel +39 0344 56110 
E-mail: faibalbianello@fondoambiente.it