Villa Bernasconi

Villa Bernasconi, Cernobbio: Hours, Address, Villa Bernasconi Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa Bernasconi
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The villa is a beautiful example of Art Nouveau Architecture. Designed by architect Alfredo Campanini, it was built at the beginning of the XXth century for Davide Bernasconi, owner of the silk factory with the same name. The exterior facades are enriched with decoration like silkwarms, butterflies and mulberry leaves related to silk production. Villa Bernasconi is an innovative museum; the museum is a "talking house".
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ج ب ب
Lugano, Switzerland46 contributions
A little gem of a bygone era.
Jun 2021 • Family
Beautiful surprise. We just discovered it by chance, only briefly walked around it. Next time we’ll have enough time to go and visit it properly. Many are not aware that once upon a time, silk was a very sought after luxury material (textile) and that Como was most probably the world capital for its production. Plenty of paid parking in the area. Cute little eatery on the grounds running it for a
good cause. Enjoy! Can also be reached on foot (about 15 min) from the ferry arrival.

PS To the Webmaster: please correct one word. It is silk worms and not silk warms.

Piero (Lugano / Switzerland).
Written July 25, 2021
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK805 contributions
Unusually Interesting
Jun 2019 • Couples
Villa Bernasconi opened this year as a new and 'original' museum to the public in Cernobbio having been newly restored. The Villa self-narrates and leads the visitors quietly through it's unusual modern and rather sparse interior, telling the tale about its history and the stories of people who lived there. The members of staff are friendly and eager to assist with information.
It is beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture built at the beginning of the 20th century for Davide Bernasconi, the owner of the silk factory with the same name. The exterior is unique in design relating to the owners silk production with decorations such as silkwarms, butterflies and mulberry leaves. It is open every afternoon through Monday to Friday and all day at weekends. Tickets are just 8E. Be prepared for an unusual visit.
Written August 1, 2019
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julesb176
Northampton, England110 contributions
Worth a visit in Cernobbio
Jun 2019
On arrival, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff, given a letter about the villa and offered water and sweets. We enjoyed a completely different experience inside - very contemporary, informative, interactive and creative. It was very quiet, so we enjoyed the villa almost to ourselves. We enjoyed the tour inside but also the unique look of the villa from outside especially the intricate stonework. It was a short walk from the ferry, so easily accessible. Worth a visit if you are in Cernobbio.
Written June 14, 2019
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Aaron G
New York City, NY98 contributions
Interesting history of the local textile trade in a house museum
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Sunday morning we stopped in we were the only visitors, so we had the sense of a private tour--the staff were enthusiastic and eager to answer questions. The house itself has gone through many owners since its heyday, so not all of the original detail is there, but the exhibits make up for that by providing a lot of historical background. A couple of points that come through clearly: to in the early 20th century, women in the region routinely did grueling factory work from age 12 and were happy to have work. And this magnificent mansion was literally right in the center of the factories and worker tenements.
Written April 14, 2019
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Deb D
Hong Kong, China5 contributions
Disappointed
Sep 2018
The Villa is closed for renovations until December 2018. A small sign is on the door . It would be useful if the information was more readily available so visitors were not let down.
Written September 20, 2018
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DutchLassie70
Gouda, The Netherlands258 contributions
Outside a must, inside okay
Aug 2018 • Solo
The Art Nouveau (‘Liberty’) architecture is the star of this museum. Be sure to explore the outside, that gate etc. if you decide to pay the €8 entrance fee, look at the exhibits, pick up the phone (if you speak some Italian) but don’t forget to look at the windows, ceilings, handrails and doors, or you would miss the great design!
Written August 28, 2018
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Bill B
113 contributions
Unique museum - One of a kind
Jun 2018 • Couples
This "house museum" is along the main road north from Como, but kind of hidden because it's set back from the road, but just look for the address and you'll find it. First off, the staff were very welcoming and their English was excellent. Everything was well presented and I liked the "explore and touch and open things" idea which I have not seen elsewhere. I loved the artwork, so unique, especially so much art deco. The turn-of-the-century menus were something very unique. The museum is very small and we were through before we wanted to be. Be sure to examine the exterior of the building as well. You can do it all in less than an hour. There is a cafe beside the main building.
Written July 4, 2018
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RMYardley
Woodend, Australia158 contributions
They make history come alive
Apr 2018 • Couples
Using a variety of multimedia techniques they have designed many different interactions with the history of this house. The ideas of the architect and the position of the owner in society come together to recreate the later part of the 19th century and his family into the 20th century.

So much more than what you might expect from a museum. Strongly recommend and an hour of humour time.
Written April 4, 2018
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Dear RMYardley, thank you very much for your appreciation. We’re glad you enjoyed the museum and that you shared your experience on Tripadvisor. Come back soon to visit the “speaking house”, we’re planning amazing innovations! You’ll find them on facebook, twitter, instagram and pinterest. Best regards #vocidivilla #lacasacheparla #libertytutti
Written April 8, 2018
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Michaela
El Dorado Hills, CA1,527 contributions
So much more than I expected!
Sep 2017 • Couples
We toured this villa with a licensed guide. I wasn't expecting that much, but it was one of my favorite stops on this trip! Bernasconi lead an amazing life of exploration. He participated in 21 expectations and was an avid collector with an extremely sharp eye. His collections are varied and amazing, and presented (displayed) brilliantly. Not stuffy or boring, just fascinating!

Every window in this home has a beautiful view of the lake except for one window in the map room. An amazing piece of architecture and real estate ...that was home to an incredible man of beautiful taste.
Written September 20, 2017
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cb714me
Lexington, KY295 contributions
Smaller and very ornate villa
Sep 2015 • Couples
We just happened upon the villa as we were walking around Cernobbio. While interesting to look at from the outside, it was a bit ornate for our taste. It is just a five minute walk or so from the ferry. We did not have time to go inside. I would not come to Cernobbio just to see this villa, but if you happen to be there anyway, it is worth a look.
Written December 29, 2015
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