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.
Tours to Villa del Balbianello
$332 BOOK WITH VIATOR Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
Duration: 7 hours
$198 BOOK WITH VIATOR The best of Como lake: Como city walking tour and Villa Balbianello
Duration: 9 hours
$645 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour: Lake Como From Milan with Private Driver and Private Boat
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
$96 BOOK WITH VIATOR Walking tour: Tremezzo, Isola Comacina , Villa Balbianello
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
$80 BOOK WITH VIATOR LAKE COMO Hiking Experience, from Villa Carlotta to Villa Balbianello
Duration: 1 day 6 hours
Villa del Balbianello reviews
Probably the most unique place in Italy and in Europe. Just visit once, and you will see why, After our home, it is my second favorite place in Lake Como. more »
This is the house of famed explorer Guido Monzino, which was build on a peninsula in Tremezzina town, facing Como Lake and Comasina island. Original Architectural features and overall outlook were... more »
Superb experience 🙂 I was scared about the tourist trap because of the popularity of the area. But I was positively surprised by the Spot. I advice you to take the full ticket and not only the garden even if it's twice the price. You will have access at the inside of the villa and its history. It's a very dynamic visit of one hour. You'll see and learn a lot. Definitely worth it !
I think this is one of the most Beautiful places to visit on Lake Como. No wonder why it has featured prominently in a lot of movies. The Villa and the surrounding areas combined with the tranquility of the beautiful lake makes this such a relaxing place to visit. There is a small hike up here, unless you take a boat taxi from the village nearby so it's not particularly friendly for the disabled.
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