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Villa Balbianello

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Address: Via Comoedia 5, 22016 Lenno, Italy
Phone Number: 0344 56110
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Description: Built in the late 16th century and only reached by boat from Sala...
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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It was middle June and very very hot! The walk to the villa is quite challenging for someone in not a great shape. The parking at the bottom of the mountain is very small and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It was middle June and very very hot! The walk to the villa is quite challenging for someone in not a great shape. The parking at the bottom of the mountain is very small and crowded, we struggled to park our little Fiat, but all the effort was well worth it when we got up at the Villa. Loved the... More 

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North Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Villa Balbianello of 'Casino Royale' fame is absolutely stunning. Occupying the absolute point of the bay at Lenno, the property is surrounded by crystal blue lake water and cruising timber boats. The grounds themselves are extremely well cared for and are indeed more of an attraction than in interior of the buildings themselves. A long walk up the hill is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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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
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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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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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Philadelphia
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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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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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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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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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