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Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzina

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The queen of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello rests on the tip of a small wooded peninsula and is celebrated for its elaborate terraced gardens. The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery. By the time wealthy American businessman Butler Ames purchased the property in the early 20th century, the villa had fallen into a state of neglect. Ames renovated the estate extensively, making vast improvements to the already impressive gardens. In 1974 the property was sold to Guido Monzino, the leader of the first Italian expedition to Mount Everest, who filled the villa with a rich collection of fine art and artifacts acquired on his expeditions. After paying the entry fee, you can walk freely through the gardens and enjoy the sweeping views of the lake. Guided tours of the interior are available at additional cost. To visit Villa del Balbianello and get the most from your holiday in Tremezzina, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tremezzina day trip planning tool.
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  • An amazing building with an interesting history and superb gardens with epic views. We took the guided tour, I can't remember the guides name but she was full of interesting facts that engaged the... 
    An amazing building with an interesting history and superb gardens with epic views. We took the guided tour, I can't remember the guides name but she was full of interesting facts that engaged the...  more »
  • This villa is a must see, it is so beautiful that it seems almost unreal. It is easily one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen! We have been very lucky with the weather in November with a.....  more
    This villa is a must see, it is so beautiful that it seems almost unreal. It is easily one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen! We have been very lucky with the weather in November with a.....  more »
  • Visited villa on a rainy day which did not affect the grandiose of the villa. Our family opted to take a bus to Lenno which is about 25min stroll from the villa. Experience was elevated with an... 
    Visited villa on a rainy day which did not affect the grandiose of the villa. Our family opted to take a bus to Lenno which is about 25min stroll from the villa. Experience was elevated with an...  more »
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  • Charming Villa on top of a small hill which enjoys marvellous views of lake Como. The trees, the plants, the flowers, the rockery, the variety of natural landscapes and man-made pathways is simply amazing. Fascinating history of the place, full of twists and turns until the last owner died and donated it to a National Trust. The architecture blends in beautifully with the complexity of the natural landscape surrounding the villa. Almost a fairytale place, unsurprisingly used as a cinema set for some very famous movies. Not to be missed!
  • So so glad we booked the day out here! If you have the opportunity book a guided tour as you can go inside, and it went through the history which was so interesting. The gardens are gorgeous, extremely well kept, and were very fun to explore. There's a small ice cream place within which was nice as it can get hot, but I would love to visit this again!
  • Parking was completely full, so we had to find another place around 5 min. from the start of the trail. Getting to the villa is quite a hike as it is very steep and takes around 15-20 min. As soon as we arrived, we were able to skip the long line as we had already prebooked. The villa and grounds are absolutely beautiful and very well maintained. Can definitely recommend this place if you want to take pictures of pretty Lake Como as well.
  • What an experience!!! My husband had been wanting to visit for a long time due to his love of movies in particular Star Wars & 007. We visited the locations where the movies were filmed and wandered around the whole surroundings. Villa del Balbianello is breathtaking, do yourself a favour and go! Side note: We caught the private water taxi here and that helped capture some of these gorgeous shots due to the better access spot for drop off.
  • Wasn't able to get tickets to tour the inside (you need to do that far in advance) but even just coming to the grounds was worth it. Incredibly beautiful gardens with statues and great views of the lake. Only took about an hour to see everything at a leisurely pace with options to sit down.

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