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Villa Balbianello

Via Comoedia 5, 22016 Lenno, Italy
0344 56110
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Lenno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Built in the late 16th century and only reached by boat from Sala Comacina, this magnificent villa is known for its picturesque gardens, which exclusively feature flowers and trees the colors of the Italian flag: green, white and red.

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We visited in late October, by first taking the ferry to Lenno from Como. From Lenno, you can get to the villa by either a water taxi (7€ per person) or a 45 minute walk. We took the water taxi to get the views & pictures from the water. Once at the villa, you do have the option to walk... More

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Staffordshire, England
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89 reviews 89 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Beautiful Villa, Faxcinating gardens and stunning views. Quite a long walk to get to it - maybe 20 minutes but not too onerous (we're nearly 70 !) and well worth it. Part of the Italian National Trust so UK members get a discount !

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Charlotte, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

We took the taxi boat to the gardens - which was a fabulous way to pull up to the gardens entrance. I enjoyed the beautiful design of the gardens much more than Carlotta. It was more exquisite and picturesque. There were many gardeners working and pruning to keep it in beautiful shape. I did not see any gardeners working at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The gardens and Villa itself are just beautiful. We visited on a sunny day. We walked up from Lenno and the place was reasonably quiet. We went for the ticket that included a guided tour of the Villa and also the garden area. The English tour guide was great and very informative. We visited the gardens after our tour around... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

had a private tour of this villa of Guido Monzini .what a treasure chest of items and landscaping is beautiful

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Has it all...and more than any villa should! Take the path up, the walk is exhilarating, and that's just the start. Take the full guided tour too, you don't want to miss out on the secret passages and hidden surprises along the way. Beautiful house, exquisite gardens!

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Andover, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Spectacluar views, impressive design, unique history, what more could you ask for? Was absolutely worth the 30 minute climb up and over the hillside. What a place!!

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Elkhart, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The famous Villa and grounds are unique and of singular location and beauty. A visit of the gardens is obligatory if in Lenno, and the added guided tour is well-worth the extra time and few more euros to go inside and hear its rich history. Take your camera/phone!

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Lovely place and well worth a visit. You can walk to it from Albergo Lenno or get a small boat. if you are a National Trust member you get in for half price!

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Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

As one who is not overly interested in art or estates, I absolutely loved the house tour and would recommend paying the small additional extra fee to get the tour as the history behind the house and the incredible views from the rooms inside as well worth it. The garden was beyond impressive and the views of Lake Como are,... More

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