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Villa Monastero

Address: Varenna, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Thebes, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The villa itself was closed to tours on the day we visited, only the gardens were open. The gardens are immense, stretching along the lakefront between Varenna’s main town and the little suburb of Fiumelatte. They are bordered on the east by the main road, from which it is isolated by a stone wall and a change in elevation which... More 

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Very interesting, unique. Beautiful flowers, very peaceful. A pleasant walk through the village To a beautiful place.

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Staffordshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Worth a visit, pleasant but not the most stunning on the Lake but Varenna is a pretty town and lunch at Hotel Du Lac en route to gardens makes for a delightful few hours.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Varenna is a beautiful village well worth a visit - in fact Varenna could serve as a wonderful hub for your entire Lake Como trip. But Villa Monastero is not well maintained or worth seeing. And certainly not as special as the other available Villas (Melzi, Carlotta, Barbianello). The views are great but the grounds are poorly maintained - grasses... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Stunning location with beautiful gardens. It also has a cafe where you can food drinks wine etc. we enjoyed a glass of winning overlooking the lake...breathtakingly!

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was our favourite garden in Varenna and a definite must to see - so relaxing to wander beside the lake around the gardens and just take in the beautiful scenery with the lake as backdrop. We were fortunate to visit on a beautiful, clear day and enjoyed sitting in the sun at the lake's edge with a coffee watching... More 

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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Easy to walk to from Casa Stacy-beautiful vistas of Lake Como. We took a picnic lunch and truly enjoyed

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County Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were staying in middle of Lake Como for 10 days. This Garden of Villa Monastero in Varenna is well worth a visit, in the top 3 gardens of our tour, Melzi and Carlotta were the other two tops. Varenna is a lovely town to visit.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you visit Varenna, this is certainly one of the must-see locations. Unfortunately on the day we visited, the villa was closed, but we paid 5 Euros and trooped in to view the gardens instead. What a beautiful and relaxing spot, with magnificent views over the lake and to the towns on the other side. The weather was in our... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

View and architecture were stunning, Walkway is picturesque but exercise caution getting off the pathway. Roots and vines may become trip hazards for folks with ambulatory issues.

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