Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello

Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzina, Como, Italy, 22016

The Basics

The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery, but by the early 20th century the buildings and grounds had fallen into a state of neglect. American businessman Butler Ames bought and refurbished the villa in 1919, creating the elaborate terraced gardens that you can see today. In 1974 Italian explorer Count Guido Monzino purchased the villa and decorated it with collections of Chinese and African art, French furniture, and other artifacts from his expeditions before leaving the estate to the FAI (Italy’s National Trust) upon his death in 1988.

By far the best way to appreciate the estate is by taking a guided tour that offers insights into the history of the villa and explores both the impressive interiors and the extensive gardens. Consider opting for a private tour that combines Villa del Balbianello with visits to Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta, also on the shores of Lake Como.

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What an amazing day at Lake Como. We were hosted by Violetta in a small group of 8 and she was extremely knowledgeable on the area and made the trip so smooth for everyone. The ferry system on Lake Como can be a bit challenging but Violetta managed to escort us through everything without a hitch. The combination of Villa Balbianello and Bellagio was the perfect day for us.
Darren_G, Sep. 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Villa del Balbianello and its beautiful grounds are especially interesting for avid gardeners and photographers.

  • If you are joining a tour of Lake Como’s villas, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • Parts of the villa and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, but many tours include access on foot and by taxi boat, which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or a wheelchair.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to approach Villa del Balbianello is on foot from Lenno, a 25-minute walk with excellent views of the lake as well as over the towns of Tremezzo and Lenno. You can also take a small-group boat tour or water taxi from Lenno, Varenna, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, or one of the other towns along the lake shore.

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When to Get There

Villa del Balbianello is open on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit, as the gardens are verdant and can be enjoyed without the summer crowds.

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Villa del Balbianello and Hollywood

This dramatic villa has been used as a location for a number of movies, includingStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the James Bond filmCasino Royale.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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