Gardens and Villas
12 May 2016
Elegant villas featuring gardens curated down to the very last detail are scattered all over Lake Como. Given it’s luxurious charm and one of a kind landscapes, the villages here on Lake Como have drawn tourists from all over the world.
As Spring hits and the flowers begin to bloom, local plants and exotic international species are conserved in gorgeous locations to be enjoyed by everyone, framing the stunning villas that have become testaments to the artistic and noble local heritage.
Many of the villas date back to the 1500’s-1800’s, which the nobility of Lombardia would use as “luoghi di delizie”, or places of leisure. These extraordinary locations were places to socialize and showcase the family wealth and political importance. Among the famous figures that stayed on the shores of Lake Como are Leonardo da Vinci, Ludovico il Moro, Napoleone Bonaparte, the Austrian Emperor Francesco Giuseppe I, Giuseppe Parini, Alessandro Manzoni, Johann Wolfgange von Goethe, Stendhal, and Gustave Flaubert.
When talking about the villas themselves, we have to mention Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, famous for the blooms of azaleas with over 150 different varieties, and the museum which is home to several Canova sculptures. The Neoclassical Villa Melzi and the always beautiful Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio have been immortalized on the big screen in films like “Star Wars – Attack of the Clones” and “007 Casino Royale”. Villa Olmo is also a fabulous destination as well as a prestigious location for exhibitions.
Villa Monastero in Varenna was once an ancient convent and noble mansion, and today serves as a Convention Center. Don’t be fooled… this place is also a fantastic touristic destination, whose garden is full of exotic plants and statues. The name comes from the ancient Santa Maria Monastery, which was built around 1200, later becoming a private residence.