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Villa del Balbianello – Lenno

Villa del Balbianello – Lenno

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Recently while staying in Bellagio, Lake Como, we decided to venture off and explore some of the the other towns that are off the lake.  We caught a ferry which took us to one of the oldest recorded villages in Lake Como, the town of Lenno.  It’s located on the west side of the lake.

Once the ferry arrived in Lenno we walked along the promenade towards Villa del Balbianello, in the direction of Sala Comacina, another town in the area. There are a few restaurants along the way if you want to stop for a bite to eat.

 

Town of Lenno, Lake Como
Town of Lenno, Lake Como
Lenno, Lake Como
Lenno, Lake Como

 

You can walk from the ferry stop up to the villa.  We were told it took around 20 minutes, and it’s a challenging hike uphill not recommended for anyone who is not in good shape. We decided to catch a water taxi to the Villa instead, which was only an 8 minute picturesque boat ride.  

 

View of Villa del Balbianello from the Water Taxi
View of Villa del Balbianello from the Water Taxi

 

The water taxi dropped us off at the bottom of these beautiful iron gates where a flight of steps rose up to the gardens.

 

 

Villa del Balbianello Entrance Gate
Villa del Balbianello Entrance Gate

 

Upon arrival at Villa de Balbianello we purchased our tickets, and we were asked if we wanted to join a guided tour. My recommendation is to take the tour. We wandered around the gardens, which are stunning and have a fantastic backdrop – the views over the lake are breathtaking.  We were keen to find the parts of the garden which had been used in scenes from Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, and Casino Royale.

 

Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Gardens , Lake Como

 

The tour explains the history of the villa, and how the site had been the home of Franciscan friars up until the 16th century. Then in the late 18th century Cardinal Durini built the Villa and the Loggia. The villa has been passed between many hands until it reached its last owner, a wealthy Italian businessman bachelor. He was an avid collector and explorer, so the villa is now a private museum full of the owner’s souvenirs from expeditions to the north pole and his art collections, as well as showcasing his wealthy lifestyle, his office, library, living quarters, etc.

 

Inside Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
Inside Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como
 Villa del Balbianello Property , Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello Property , Lake Como

 

This villa not only gives you one of the nicest views of the lake, but is full of interesting things to see: the gardens, the unique rooms, the art, the furniture, the secret passageways, the artifacts, and most interesting of all, the history behind each and every item inside.

 

Inside Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como
Inside Villa del Balbianello , Lake Como

 

If you’re visiting the Lake Como area, you have to take the time to go see Villa de Balbianello.   It’s one of the most beautiful villas we have visited in Italy. The setting alone is magical. Add a house with amazing architectural details, interesting collections of art, and a fascinating history, and you have a recipe for magnificence.

**The villa is closed on both Monday and Wednesday. The rest of the week it’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

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Villa del Balbianello is located on Lake Como. The villa was built in 1700, and is a picture-postcard villa that looks like a painting.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

13 Comments

  1. Corinne
    June 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Reply

    Lake Como is stunning, isn’t it? I’ve never been on a boat ride. That would be fantastic to get some great views. Love it.

    • Carmen
      June 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      HI Corinne. We spend three days on the lake and all I can say is that the views were amazing. We definitely want to go back some day.

  2. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    June 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    Such a great place, we were here in 2010 and had a ball. I was so sad that I lost all of the photos during some hardware issue – so it was extra nice to see it through your eyes today. Super thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again.

    • Carmen
      June 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Hi SJ, That’s terrible that you lost all your pictures. I’m glad I was able to bring back some fond memories of the villa for you. 🙂

  3. Adelina | PackMeTo
    June 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm
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    Wow, what a stunning place for a Villa. Can you imagine living there? Amazing. Great shots of it and the surrounding lake. So jealous!

    • Carmen
      June 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Adelina, I think if I lived there I would be sitting outside all day looking out towards the lake. The views are stunning.

  4. frahnkaboutcroatia
    June 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    Reply

    Lake Commo is a beautiful area to explore. I haven’t visited Villa de Balbianello, but it sure looks gorgeous. Love the secret passages houses like this have :).

    • Carmen
      June 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Frank, We loved Lake Como. So many little charming little towns to explore and see.

  5. Anda
    June 8, 2014 at 7:45 am
    Reply

    Lovely! I wanted to go to Lake Como forever!

    • Carmen
      June 9, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Hi Anda, I’m with you, Lake Como is one of those places that I could stay forever too.

  6. lpoez jean- claude
    March 29, 2016 at 6:21 am
    Reply

    bonjour nous avons fait un mariage a theme star wars voir sur youtube jc nath (mariage star wars nimes ) merci d avance

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

      C’est fantastique , je suis sûr que vous la souviendriez toujours

  7. lopez
    April 2, 2016 at 3:06 am
    Reply

    bonjour sa reste dans notre mémoire, nous avons envie de refaire le voyage au lac de come et passer plus de temps

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