villas

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is situated in Varenna on the eastside of Lake Como.  It is thought that this villa was founded after the attack on Isola Comacina during the war between Como and Milan (before the 1200’s.) The villa was once a Cistercian convent until the mid 1500’s
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Villa Fontanelle

This beautiful villa is situated in the village of Moltrasio  and was built in the 19th century.  Previously owned by the Versace family, the villa is now the property of Russian millionaire Arkady Novikov since 2008. The best way to see this magnificent villa is from an
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Giardini Pubblici

Milan’s biggest and oldest green area, stretching between Corso Venezia, Via Palestro, Via Manin and Bastioni di Porta Venezia. Along with three small lakes, a playground for children and countless monuments and statues, the gardens also feature the 18th-century Palazzo
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Villa La Carlia

This villa in situated in the town of Tremezzo is also known as Villa Pirelli (from the name of its famous last owners).  It was built around the late 1600’s and takes its name from the original owners De Carli.  Villa La Quiete is nearby. Villa La Carlia sits at the the
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Villa Amila

This villa  situated in Tremezzo (Lake Como, Italy) was built in 1931-32 from the plans of architect Peter Lingeri, on behalf of the Italian Motonautica Lario Association (Lario Boat Association). This explains the “ship” styled villa located directly on the lake.
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Villa Meier

This villa in Tremezzo (Lake Como, Italy – also known as Villa Mainona) is the result of restructuring by architect Peter Lingeri.  The restructuring of Villa Meier is based on that of the 19th century Villa Hortensia (property of Roberto Meier) which was damaged from a
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Orrido, Bellano

Melting snow cut a deep narrow gorge (Orrido) into the rocks over many years forming this amazing natural feature. It is possible to visit and explore the gorge as there are ladders and a suspension bridge which allows you to do this (for a small entrance fee).  
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The Valley Garden

The Valley Garden is another sight worth seeing, located in the town of Cernobbio.  The gardens are open all year round and admission is free. Unbelievably, these gardens used to be an illegal dumping ground until the early 1980′s when Signora Ida “Pupa” Frati and the association
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Villa Pizzo

This villa in the town of Cernobbio is situated on the promontory called “Pizzo” not too far from Villa d’Este. This is a beautiful villa to visit, surrounded by large gardens, the glasshouses and the Volpi Bassani mausoleum. It is normally open to the public from May to
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Palazzo del Vescovo

The Palazzo del Vescovo (Palace of the Bishop) in the town of Dongo was built in the 1600′s by the Marquis Cossoni’s family. This building is now the Civic Institute of Music “Alto Lario,” and the International Piano Academy Lake Como.
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Villa Camilla

This beautiful villa was built in the 1600s. The villa eventually became the home of the Sebregondi family by the 1800s. Villa Camilla is now the townhall of Domaso and has been since the mid 1900s. A variety of events are hosted at Villa Camilla throughout the year; concerts,
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Villa Melzi

This neo-classical style villa is situated on the outskirts of Bellagio, Lungolario Manzoni and was built in the early 1800’s for Francesco Melzi d’Eril (Duke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and afterwards Gran Chancellor of the Napoleonic
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