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  • Address: Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzina, Como, Italy 22016, Italy
  • Hours: 10am-­6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

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Villa del Balbianello Tours

The Villa del Balbianello is a unique and iconic residence overlooking Lake Como in Italy. It is located on the tip of a small peninsula on the lake’s western shore, and is a popular wedding venue and tourist attraction.

The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery. By the early 20th century, the buildings and grounds had fallen into a state of neglect. The American businessman, Butler Ames, bought and refurbished the villa, creating the elaborate terraced gardens that can be seen today. In 1974 it was purchased by the explorer, Guido Monzino, who filled it with collections of Chinese and African art, French furniture, and other artifacts from his expeditions.

The most scenic way to approach Villa del Balbianello is to catch the ferry to Lenno and walk over the hill to the property. This offers excellent views of the lake as well as over the towns of Tremezzo and Lenno. There’s a guided day tour that not only offers an insight into the history of the villa and makes the most of the views, but also explores the interior of the residence, which is just as impressive as the exterior.

Practical Info

Those who don’t wish to walk uphill to reach Villa del Balbianello can follow the signs near the parking area and take the boat directly there.

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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour, Lake Como, null
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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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Explore Lake Como by land and water on this full-day walking and boating tour, with a visit to Villa del Balbianello. Sample local cheeses, meats, olive oil, ...  Read more

Location: Varenna, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $266.23
Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna, Lake Como, Full-day Tours
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Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

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Experience the best of magical Lake Como on this cruise and dinner. Cruise onto the calm waters of beautiful Lake Como, and listen as the captain points out ...  Read more

Location: Varenna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.82
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Trip from Milan, Milan, Sunset Cruises
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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Trip from Milan

Explore Lake Como by land and water on this full-day walking and boating tour, with a visit to Villa del Balbianello. Sample local cheeses, meats, olive oil, ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $301.73

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