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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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  • Took a guided tour of the villa with an English speaking guided. The group was fairly small (around twelve people) so not too big that it wasn't possible to hear the talk. Fascinating place with an... 
    Took a guided tour of the villa with an English speaking guided. The group was fairly small (around twelve people) so not too big that it wasn't possible to hear the talk. Fascinating place with an...  more »
  • Beautiful villa and grounds. Well worth the visit! Great views of Lake Como. Short hike up the hill in Lenno will get you there 
    Beautiful villa and grounds. Well worth the visit! Great views of Lake Como. Short hike up the hill in Lenno will get you there  more »
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  • Well, what to say. The villa is situated on a secluded cliff with a movie-like view from every side of the property. Countless plants, trees and bush, flawlessly nourished; lawn like the grass is unreal. One can not shake off the feeling, that sooner or later James Bond will emerge from nowhere and offer you a sip of brandy. It is definitely worth the adult entrance fee of 11€.
  • 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.

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