Do you want to find out which are the most famous villas on Lake Como?
Lake Como is certainly the most famous body of water where the villas ranging from the 1500s to the 1800s frame it in one of the most enchanting places that can be visited for holidays.
Over the past centuries, nobles and writers from all over the world loved to spend holiday periods in these sumptuous villas surrounded by elegant, carefully kept gardens overlooking the lake.
Over time, Lake Como has become an international tourist destination, in particular for the show biz, which considers these places a half of great prestige.
The villas are very numerous, some private, such as the now famous Villa Oleandra which was bought by George Clooney in Laglio, to spend his holidays in total relaxation or Villa Cassinella in Lenno, reachable only via the lake which has Richard Branson as owner; or there are those open to the public and visible, such as Villa Balbianello that the FAI has transformed into a house museum or Villa Carlotta with its wonderful gardens of azaleas in bloom during the spring.
Below we list the most famous villas of Lake Como:
Villa Balbianello: Built at the end of the 18th century on the extreme tip of Lavedo in the locality of Lenno, it is one of the wonders of the Lario: With Nautic Planet you can easily reach it by motorboat without a license or by our Venetian-style boat with driver.
The complex was restored to its former glory in the 1970s by Guido Monzino (1928-1988), who contributed to the Fondo Ambiente Italiano.
Villa Carlotta and gardens: In front of the Bisbino Lounge Bar and our embarkation in Tremezzina, there is Villa Carlotta, a magnificent residence built on behalf of the Marquis Giorgio Clerici at the end of 1600, surrounded by an imposing garden, facing Bellagio and Grigna. Gian Battista Sommariva, who acquired the property in the early nineteenth century, transformed the garden into an extraordinary park that became famous for the spring flowering of rhododendrons and azaleas in over 150 varieties, specimens of camellias, cedars, secular redwoods, immense plane trees and essences exotic.
Villa Melzi D’Eril and gardens: This magnificent structure with a great neoclassical style, was born between 1808 and 1810 with its gardens as the summer residence of Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi and vice president of the First Italian Republic and inside, in addition to the villa, it has a greenhouse , the chapel, a lily pond, a Moorish-style kiosk and beautiful tree-lined avenues. In the garden is a botanical park you can find exotic plants, but also centuries-old native plants, hedges of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. There are also particularly precious plants such as Liriodendron tulipifera, cedars of Lebanon, red beeches, camphor and Ginko Biloba. With Nautic planet, reaching it is very simple with a motor boat without a license or with our Venetian-style boat with driver.
Villa Monastero: was born and takes its name from the ancient female convent of nuns of the Cistercian order dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, built at the end of the 12th century. Today with its gardens represent an important international congress center, known all over the world for the physics lessons held in 1954 by the Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi. Inside Villa Monastero you can visit the House Museum, which takes us to 14 different rooms where the rich furnishings and works of art are perfectly preserved. Villa Monastero is in Varenna on the eastern branch of Lake Como and with Nautic Planet you can reach it by motor boat without a license or by our Venetian-style boat with driver.