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Villa Balbianello Gardens, Italy

Villa del Balbianello Lake Como

Cities and Towns in Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello is one of the most beautiful gardens in the northern Italian Lake district, located on Lake Como and it occupies one of the most idyllic positions on the lake.

Its wooded peninsula juts out into the water almost opposite Bellagio, with breathtaking views up and down the lake.  Arriving from the water, it is nothing short of mythical and, climbing up the stairs from the water, you will see spectacular views of the lake in all directions. 

The panorama is best enjoyed from the open loggia built at the highest point by a discerning eighteenth-century Cardinal Angelo Durini.

The original name of the property was Dosso di Lavedo, as Balbianello's rugged promontory is known, was to become a favorite subject for romantic artists who loved to paint the villa perched on top of its sheer, rocky outcrop with the snowy peaks of the Engadine mountains, shimmering far away across the water.  

Stendhal took a boat trip that passed in front of Balbianello, and a great admired scenery, which reminded him of Scotland. 

This garden is best visited and entered from the lake itself, since the garden is best viewed from the water.  It is not easy once you are on Lake Como to arrange water transportation and we do recommend doing so in advance and booking a tour.

We do offer a tour by water that departs from anywhere on Lake Como and it is a great tour for families and groups of friends to book together.  You can see the tour here:

http://www.italygroupspecialists.com/tours/lake-como-by-boat-with-villa-balbianello.htm

For more information on this tour, or other great recommendations for getting the most out of your time on Lake Como, get in touch with the experts: team@italyvacationspecialists.com 

Call toll free in North America: 1-866-779-2565 or direct in Italy at: +39 392-993-3869

 

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