Because we had to curtail our trip to Lake Como we had to decide between the Villa Balbianello and the Villa Carlotta and we chose the former, and I'm glad we did. The Villa Carlotta was right next to our hotel in Tremezzo but because it was such a nice day we decided to walk to Lenno along the Greenway Del Lago which takes you up into the hills behind the lake. Although some parts were a bit steep it was worth it for the views. The pathway is well signposted and it took us about 1 1/2 hours with a few rest stops. Lenno itself is a lovely little place round a sheltered bay in the Lake. Because we went on a Saturday we could walk on up to the Villa which took about another 25 minutes. I think pedestrian access is only available on specific days otherwise you have to get a boat from the harbour in Lenno. What a fantastic location. Lovely gardens and great views up and down the lake. We only did the tour of the gardens and they were lovely. Walked back down and bought a gelato and sat along the harbour to enjoy it and the view before getting the ferry back to Tremezzo.
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